Although we think and talk a lot about time, most of us never attempt to seek out or discover its true meaning. What is time? Can you come up with a simple definition? The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes time as “the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues.”
A simpler and more understandable definition of time is “the measure of change.” Before time can exist, there must first be change.
You’ve heard the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” The reason that time appears to fly is because while we’re having fun, we’re not conscious of the changes that are occurring as each minute passes. On the other hand, if we were to stare at a clock for fifteen minutes, it would seem as though time was crawling. Why? Because by staring at a clock, we would be focusing on the changes that occur with each passing second.
We equate the beginning of the world with the beginning of time. Before the beginning of the world and time, all that existed was a timeless and changeless Supreme Being that we refer to as God. Time began with creation. When the world and time end, there will be millions of timeless and changeless human beings who exist in eternity – some in heaven with God and His angels and the remainder in hell with Lucifer and his fallen angels.
Something happened from the moment you started reading this meditation until the current moment in time. A change took place in your mind. That change can be measured and is therefore what we describe as time. The change that occurred in your mind as a result of what you read has given you a greater understanding of God’s creation.
If you stop and time how long it takes to read the first five paragraphs of this meditation, you will discover that it takes approximately 75 seconds. Every second of our existence is recorded and measured by our Creator.
The saints all had one thing in common: they knew the true meaning and value of time and became laser-focused on dedicating as many of their waking moments as possible to knowing, loving, and serving God.
There are 86,400 seconds in a day (3600 seconds an hour). How many of those seconds did you use yesterday and today to engage in or acquire more comfort or pleasure? How many seconds were dedicated to self-indulgence, gossip, and wasteful or sinful activities? How many of those seconds did you use to develop a greater knowledge, understanding, and love of God? How many did you use to serve God?
The primary way in which we can serve God and develop a greater knowledge, understanding, and love for Him is to schedule additional time each day to engage in prayer and spiritual reading, offer sacrifices, and perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
This is the key to holiness.