He had a few quotes that we would imitate and mock, but one of them flashed in my mind today. “TIME MARCHES ON!” He said that regularly… perhaps weekly, or a few times a month... when he was frustrated with our class. I wish I had a dollar for every time he said “time marches on” to us!
At this point in my life, I have to admit I see the wisdom in that pithy statement. It was a concise way to express Ecclesiates 3: 1-8:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to break down, and a time tobuild up; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
Time marches on! As a result, I look to the writer of Hebrews to give us some focus for the future… “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Time marches on, indeed, so let us make the most of our time!
1 Thessalonians 5:28,
PS: Perhaps it may also be helpful to look at the Old Testament prophet, Micah, for advice. He pointedly asks the rhetorical question, “What does the Lord require of you?” …and he responds, “Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.” (Micah 6:8, The Message)