Time Tax

Hebrews 4:9-11

 9So then, a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; 10for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. 11Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest

In 1970 the average person received 1000 “outside” communications in a year. In 1970 that meant phone calls and “snail mail, “actual letters. In 2014 the average person received 30,000 outside communications in a year. These, of course, were emails, tweets, texts, instagrams and other forms of electronic information sharing.  Obviously this “average number” doesn’t begin to record the number of “outside communications” received by 15-­35 year olds. Their numbers are much higher.

It is good to “be in touch.” But this “in touch-ness” is a huge “time tax.” If our federal taxes keep us “working for the government” until April 17, how long are we working, how much of our personal time, our personal power, energy and mission, are we giving up to the “time tax?”

The Sabbath is God’s gift of “time out”. Time for silence…for regrouping…for reflection…for hearing the Word of God. Schedule next Sunday as “time out” for Sabbath rest. If you don’t, someone/something will take that time from you and your rest…your regrouping…your time for inspiration will be lost. See you this Sunday!

Time-our-most-precious-resourceI’ve only just a minute,

only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it,
Didn’t see it, didn’t choose it,
But it’s up to me to use it .

I must suffer if I lose it,
Give an account if I abuse it,
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it. 
—Benjamin E. Mays