Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

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

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