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Posted: July 27, 2017 12:01 p.m.

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Chaplain's Corner

'Time is precious … use it wisely'

I have long been fascinated with hourglasses. As a little boy, I can remember having an hourglass and turning it over and over again just to watch the sand slowly fall to the bottom. However, my fascination with the hourglass as a little boy is quite different from my fascination with the hourglass today.

As a child, I used to wonder how someone could put sand in a glass container without any opening – was it magic? Now, I have since learned the trick to how the process works. And though I understand today how this invention was put together, it is still fascinating to me.

Now, today if you were to come to my office you would come face to face with a nice size hourglass positioned at the front of my desk. I use it as an object lesson to remind me of my mortality. It helps me at times to stay grounded and not think too highly of myself. It’s not that I need an hourglass to remind me of my mortality but there are times when I think and act as if the world revolves around me. You see, unlike the popular slogan that you sometimes hear, I don’t believe that “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, how did you get here or why am I here? Simply stated, you and I didn’t cause ourselves to magically appear in this world, something or (what I believe) someone else (namely God) is responsible for us being here. Furthermore, this would suggest to me that something or someone else (namely God) is in charge of our destiny.

 It is my belief that from the time that you and I entered this world, we were fitted with an hourglass (uniquely-made for us). And like the hourglasses we may have seen, the sand in our hourglass has been falling uninterrupted from the beginning. However, unlike the hourglasses we’ve had the opportunity handle, we don’t get the luxury to stop or start over with our personal hourglass. 

Subsequently, while you and I might disagree with how or who set our proverbial sands of time in motion, there are two things for certain; we didn’t start it and we definitely cannot stop it!

The moral of the story and the sobering reality is that one day the last grain of sand in our hourglass is going to hit the bottom – then what? What outlook do you have after the last grain of sand falls – what assurance do you have?

The bottom line is you don’t have all of your life to be trying and figure that out because the clock is ticking and time waits for no one. My encouragement to you – please investigate while you still have time, because your destiny depends on it.


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