Thursday, February 19, 2009


Quote of the Day
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
William Penn

It is really amazing how we talk about time. So many of our words to describe time are economic. We spend time, buy time, waste time. We also kill time and lose time.

Time is very precious to us. We fill every second of our lives, obsess over efficiency in our work, and pray that God would somehow give us time to do all the things we want to do in addition to all the things we "need" to do (which we submit ourselves to by choice, anyway).

But I think the founder of my home state is dead wrong with this quote. Time is not what we want most. The Quaker needed to read his Proverbs a bit closer. "What a man desires is unfailing love."

Our world sucks. It's a really nasty place. The injustice, suffering, loneliness... the hollowness of a life dedicated to self.

Love is what we want most, but what we use worst.

That is why it is all the more beautiful that Christ came to us. He became like us, so that we might be like him. He love us, so that we might love. He served us, so that we might serve. He reconciled with us, redeemed us, that we might be instruments of redemption and reconciliation in the world.

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