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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Time and Money


But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8 

What time is it?
I don’t have time to wait.
Take time to smell the roses.
Is it time to go?
Where has the time gone?
               I watched a very thought provoking movie called, “In Time” last week. The premise of the movie, released in 2011 by New Regency Studios and set in the year 2161, is that all currency has been replaced by time. At birth everyone has a visible time strip on their left arm. The first twenty-four years of life are free. At age twenty-five each person is given a year’s worth of time on their personal clock and it starts ticking down.
No one ages after their twenty-fifth birthday and each year they live past that is celebrated as the first, tenth, or eightieth anniversary of their twenty-fifth year. And yes, you are immortal unless you are killed in an accident, or killed by someone who wants to steal your time, or your time runs out.
People were paid in time as they left work each day. Grocery store purchases were paid for in time. Travel tolls between time zones cost you time. If a friend or loved one’s time was running out, you could share some of your time with them. Bank vaults contained time devises which could be obtained through loans with high interest/time rates. The person with the most time was the richest. In the movie it was a banker who had a million years stored in his personal vault, obtained by dishonest transactions.
At first, I thought, “Interesting concept” and then I progressed to “one world order” spoken of in the Bible. Then it stuck me that we are basically following that system now, though maybe not quite so dramatically.  We work, receive a paycheck, and then spend it. When we run out of money in our accounts all activity stops, except ones that will get us more money. And the cycle starts over. Even folks on Social Security or pensions have paid for it with time invested in earlier years. Folks on government assistance are borrowing from someone else’s earnings.
Think about this: If you make $12.00 per hour, each minute at work earns you twenty cents. With gas at $3.25 per gallon, a twenty-gallon fill up costs you five hours and forty-five minutes. Your favorite dollar candy bar costs you five minutes of your life. Pretty sobering thought, isn’t it?
I had a boss whose favorite saying was, “With enough time and money, any problem can be solved.” I didn’t agree with him because I think there are some things that can’t be solved with time or money. As it turns out, time is money and money is time.
How will you invest your time/money today? We will be held accountable for how we used our resources but I am so thankful I don’t have to worry about when my time will run out. I don’t have to frantically search for ways to earn more time. I know the Master Time Keeper and I know that He has given me just enough heartbeats to complete His plan for me. After this life is over, I will go to a place He has prepared for me, where time won’t matter anymore. And that brings me great joy! What about you?
I am praying He will fill your day with joy-
Cathy

8 comments:

  1. You did a great job on this one and it is a valid point as well.

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    1. Thanks, Mary Jane! I'm glad you liked it.

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  2. Sounds like a very thought provoking movie Cathy. Thanks for this post, I'm going to have to watch that movie. Time is the one non-renewable resource. But isn't it amazing that God transcends time, a thousand years being the same as a day to Him. And also amazing that even when our time is running out, God never stops giving us opportunities to come to him, up to the last second.

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    1. Amen! God is good to allow us that last minute to make a decision, but think of all the wonderful things we miss out on by not serving Him longer than that. It's a good, thought-provoking movie. Watch when you get a chance. Blessings!

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  3. Awesome post, Cathy. This will be something I ponder on for awhile.
    I do think a really good candy bar is worth five minutes (or more) of my time. :)
    Our days are numbered so why worry about the future? Also to consider, not knowing how many days we have, we don't want to waste them away either. Good points to remember.

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    1. I know. I am still pondering on the impact of how I spend my time. We are responsible for the way we use the resources we are given and time is one of those. Blessings!

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  4. Good post, Cathy. And it sounds like a fascinating concept in the movie. Time and money are both limited in our lives and we need to be good stewards of what we have. God does reward us for spending each well.

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    1. Amen, my Friend! There are some twists and turns in the movie that I didn't want to tell about so as not to spoit it for those who haven't seen it. Blessings to you, Ellen, and thanks for your comments.

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