Fundamental Friday: Connecting time with purpose

Thank God it’s Fundamental Friday. This weekly article will venture into the fundamental elements of a variety of aspects of our lives and present the question to us all, “Are we fundamental sound?”

Time: The fundamental word for this Friday. Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole. The focus on time is continued progress which can be observed events.“Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let’s us begin” – Mother Teresa

Success in everything we do requires a respect and understanding of time. When time is respected and valued, we are able to learn from past event (situations), apply what we have learned to current events (situations) which can result in a positive future. Too often we get stuck in the past not realizing that we are wasting our present analyzing our past.

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The game of baseball is an excellent teacher for understanding that the past is behind us and we must focus on the present. The infielder that makes an error in the game, does not have time to over think or analyze the mistake, because the next batter is up and the game continues on. Likewise, the batter that swings at a bad pitch or the let’s a strike go by without swinging, he too must realize another pitch is coming.

In football, the quarterback and the receivers work on timing as the receiver runs routes and the quarterback practices throwing the receiver the ball. To perfect this timing, requires the quarterback to drop back in practice and the game in the same timely manner, while the receiver must run the route at the same speed every time. This is an effort to synchronize the timing of the quarterback and receiver so that in game time situation their timing is on.

Time is often taken for granted. In both letting go of the past to be present in the now as well as synchronizing with another person, the respect of time is evident in how one deals with the present. Athletes who respect time have to respect it in being on time to practice, noted the lesson learned in past time, and being all in during every present situation.

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What is this to the non-athlete? The ramification are similar in that learning from the past and not dwelling it is essential to make the best of the present. Things like being on time to work because vital to an individual ability to get the job done effectively and efficiently. It’s been stated that if you are on time, you are late or that being early is one time. Getting to work early allows for time to relax and get mentally prepared for the day.

We have elders that firmly believed in being early in order to start the work day off in a relax (non-rushed) state of mind. Relaxation and time go hand in hand. Stress can be the result of not having enough time and being bored can occur when one has too much time.

In Scripture, the thought of God’s time is immeasurable. God, the creator of all things is also the creator of time which was created for us. People often pray for things to happen in a certain time frame and be upset with God if it does not happen when they want it to. God has a purpose for us all and in preparing us for that purpose, God using situations, events and trials to help equipped us. Basically our time is not God time. The important thing to know is that time does not stop and any situation we are in, has a lesson for us to learn and apply as we ease into the future (which is the present).

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Time has a multitude of references and meaning. We have to respect all of them knowing that it take time to understand time. When we stop learning from our past, we place ourselves in a situation to repeat the past. Weather it timing in swinging baseball bat, synchronizing between quarterback and receiver, or simply catching the sunset as the sun dips into the sunset.

Finding the balance of time is a fundamental truth that requires on to be intentional about their purpose, plan and their execution of their plan. We can’t the paralysis set in due to analysis. As time ticks into the future, it is our present that we are living in. We must avoid the “should have” and “would have” syndrome that is a result of living without regard to God’s time, people times and event times.

There are many facet of time. Time is an important element in everything we do. Respecting these elements of time requires a conscious intentional attitude to utilize the time (present) we are given and move with purpose not letting the past hinder our progress while not letting the future bring us to a dream state in which we don’t act. In sports, religion and life timing is everything. Our success in these areas is directly related to how we utilize the time we are given especially when we consider tomorrow is not promise to us.

Let’s understand the various elements of time and maximize the time we have in the present to lay a foundation that we can stand on in the future. Fundamentally, respecting time is about honored that time God has given us as well as respecting others time. It is this attitudes towards time that allows us to be the individuals that God has created us to be.

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