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Friday, February 7, 2014

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With eternity in our hearts, it seems like we are never happy with how fast time goes.   When we are doing something that we enjoy, or when we spend time with the ones we love, it seems that time is never enough.

However when we are sick or we are not with our loved ones, time seems to stop and it never goes by fast enough. Considering the rush of modern life that keeps us connected to everything and everyone it gives the impression that we never had enough time for all the things we need to do.

The fact is that the sacred text tells us that “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (v. 1). Wise is the one who learns to manage his time in a way that he can enjoy the fruits of his efforts. If this wisdom is not developed, the time will pass and we will be left with the bitter taste of what “has already been” (v. 15), and the only memory we will have is that we did not learn that God is unique and eternal (v. 14). This mortal shadow can only be illuminated with the hope given by the Eternal, setting eternity in the human heart (v. 11). God must be praised for His grace which allows us to have hope in eternal life.

The desire of life should be accompanied by a life style that prioritizes what is most important, and the effort to enjoy the good things as they happen (v. 22). It is time to clear our agendas to prioritize God, the family, our neighbor. And we know that we will have to account for everything, including time (v. 17).

“Lord, I need to learn to prioritize things in my life. To do this I really need your help and guidance and direction.  Amen.”

Alijofran Brandao
Executive Secretary
CentralWest Brazil Union
South American Division