As I sat this morning pondering all the things I have on my schedule today, I have again been reminded how I am bound by my use of time. It makes me homesick for Kenya. Time is so uncertain in Kenya so not many are bound by it restraints. The first several years I went to Kenya it drove me crazy. I thought the Kenyans were not bound by appointment times, work schedules and all the time expectations we “Americans” hold in such high regard. Then I noticed all the really important things of life were being taken care of. Their life consisted trying to provide food, clothing and shelter for themselves and their families.
Most Kenyans don’t have to be concerned with doctor and dentist appoints since they can’t afford the consultation fee much less the treatment that may need. No time used to make the weekly grocery list because they live day to day. The thing that finally got my attention was the fact they were the most joyous people, full of faith and some of the hardest workers I had ever seen. All the things I believe God wants me to be. And they do it all without becoming a slave to time.
Time is the stuff life is made of. I think I have finally come to the knowledge of one of the great mysteries of life. Some days I don’t enjoy life. But when you realize time can be a task master or something that can set you free. Let me explain. First of all time is “NOT” money! Time is a gift of God that we are to use to live, love and listen for “HIS” voice. Money is just money, don’t misunderstand money is a necessary evil the we use as a survival tool. What has happened to me and many Americans we have made the tool greater than the job.
I think it would be great if we went back to the barter system. It would make us more aware of what God said, “if a man doesn’t work…he doesn’t eat”. No product or service provided we’d have nothing to barter. God gives each person a measure of time, (not sure what that measure is), but do you think God would give us such a precious gift as time/life that “HE” doesn’t want us to take and use it for “His” presence to be seen on earth?
What a rambling mess, I don’t have anymore time for this. I have an “American” week ahead of me. I’m not a lazy man but all these restraints are killing me. Sorry got a 10:30 appointment and I have to be on time.
Oh to be in a place where time/life as we no it is no more! Just thinking!
Homesick i am,