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I’m not sure I have a concept of “enough time.” For in fact, I feel like there is not enough in most areas of my life right now- from packing to move (for which I did however end up having enough time due to good help), having time with family and friends before moving away, enjoying our first and only house so far as a couple, reaching out to our neighbors and being a light to them, to recording an album and all the artistic hopes and skills involved in such a thing that just take time.

At the heart of the matter is a human problem of having an ideal that cannot be realized, and when we fall short, we wish we had just a bit more time to accomplish it. There are plenty of maxims that attempt to help: “Live in the moment,” “Live as if each moment was your last.” In other words, do your best in this moment and then the same in the next. There is also Biblical precedent for this:

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Keep moving, forget what is behind and press on. We cannot live in the past wishing for something different, wishing we’d had a little more time in certain circumstances. Our present self would shrivel up and die inwardly, with our heart and mind turned in and back. And in this present age the only way to grow is by moving forward. A musician friend of mine has passed on this bit of wisdom, that I believe he heard from Donald Miller: “We never finish an artistic project, we merely abandon it” (or something close to that). This of course is speaking of art, but it applies to much of life.

The Bible is not a simplistic book, though, that denies the human desire for time to get things right. Among many other strange enigmas, we find this in Ecclesiastes 3:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

God has put a knowledge of eternity in our hearts so that we know there is more than this time here and now where nothing is complete or perfected. We are left with a sense of loss, a loss of perfection, a loss of how things could have been. But we are also left with a promise that God is making everything beautiful in its time. And a promise that we do not know what God has done in all of time, from the beginning to the end.

The Bible is not naive enough to suggest that we will live a perfect life if we can only “live in the moment”; It is, however, strong enough to say that God is making everything beautiful within time. Meanwhile we press on.

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