Thought for the Week
The only way to distinguish between a grandfather clock and a travelling alarm clock is really quite simple.
One is a long case clock and the other is a briefcase clock.
One of the two clocks can only tell you the time while you are at home, while the other can tell you the time wherever you are.
In our fast-moving world of business and leisure, the power to be in touch with every precious moment of time can be vitally important. Time is precious to all of us. That is why we always feel more comfortable and secure within easy reach of a timepiece of some kind.
We need to be able to carry the time around with us, and so be able both to work and rest without wasting any of it.
The Bible has two quite distinct words for time.
One describes time as a measurable commodity.
The other describes it as a whole series of vital opportunities for filling all the moments we measure by the clock.
In his letter to the Church in Ephesus, St Paul tells his fellowChristians: “Be careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity,” or, as one translation puts it, “redeeming the time”.
You see, time is fundamentally God’s gift to all of us; so if we put ourselves and our time into the hands of Christ, we will not just “use it up,” but invest it all in God, in ourselves and in others.
Who can even begin to guess what dividend that will yield in the lives of many others, and to the glory of God? Rev Alan Raeburn Rutherglen Old Parish Church