Being a parrot, I have lots of time to reflect upon the world around me. And particularly the way the humans in my family go about their lives. So often, it seems to be “rush, rush, rush; hurry, hurry, hurry.” They mustn’t be late for work. They must get this one off to school; that one off to college; grandma to the shops and the doctors’; the dogs walked, the house cleaned; the garden watered; the meals cooked………. I get dizzy just watching them all. They’re just like a set of spinning tops!
Humans are very strange. Because so many try to pack far too much into their day and end up wearing themselves out. And yet some other humans fritter their time away without learning or achieving anything.
Humans have had an obsession with time all through history. Charles Darwin once said:
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
The German writer Goethe said that: “Every second is of infinite value.”
And Benjamin Franklin, a founding father of the United States, supposedly wrote in 1748:
“Remember that time is money.”
Really? Fortunately for me, parrots aren’t obsessed with money. Nor frantically achieving something every second. For me, life should be about making time for the things which really matter. Yes, we all need a bit of time to get the jobs done. But we also need some downtime. And time for strengthening bonds with friends and family. And most importantly of all, time spent with God. A relationship with God is far more precious than anything else. Because it ultimately leads to eternity and Heaven and a whole perspective of our world around us……..
“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7