Speech Project #4
Ticktack, ticktack, Rinngg! Rinngg! The alarm is ringing. Do you hear it? I guess every day we do. It’s been almost always busy for the rest of our busy life. Whatever we do, you may be sleeping, running, or working we are continuously bound to this ticktack.
It seems like we are worn hearing of this old line: “Time is gold”. Yet no matter how our ears ached, we cannot ignore the hold of time. That’s why we say and hear it again and again because deep in ourselves we wanted to make each day count. At home, lots of things are waiting to be shared and done. We know this from waking up early, preparing breakfast, sending kids to school, to deciding what to eat for lunch and dinner. When you come to the office –project deadlines, meetings, and events drive you to organize, delegate and monitor the tasks at hand. How about church? Obviously, there is no exemption. Ministers have to commit their time to plan, prepare a sermon, lineup of songs, and go on for a mission in response to the leading of the Great Shepherd. The ticktack never stops even at the very end of the day. We are the ones who are used up of energy and strength.
Losing a grip of your time is one of the most regretful situations because we could never go back. Once passed, it’s gone. Our parents had their time before us, when we were young they stood by us. They were amazed and fascinated with our childhood and growth. They have those past longing and images of us that we cannot grasp like they do. Time had formed thousands of different season. And will create more in the coming years. Choosing when to do things will either create some trying or striving season, critical or rewarding experience.
We don’t have the power to change and control time. Like the life given to us, we cannot extend even a minute or second. Time moves no matter what. It won’t wait, it doesn’t hear anyone. Even at the last breath of life. However, million years ago, some people lived almost a thousand year. One person whose name was Methuselah mentioned in the Bible was able to live for 969 years. Imagine if it does until now. Would you think twice or not? Hmm!
Let’s see, if I’m 28 years old, then probably I would be doing the same thing I’m doing now. When I reach 30, I could be married to someone. Have three children; send them to school, do some tutor, and attend some household needs. They will graduate, have a job, and start their own family. Would I still be wanting more children because at 60 I am not considered old yet? Or would I be happier not to apply my retirement and continue working at that age? Wouldn’t it be sweeter to just grow old with our soul mates? What do you think? How about choosing to stay single? Do I need more time to be fulfilled with my life? On the other side, do I need a thousand year to find the person I’m waiting for? Well, I don’t think so.
Let’s also try to evaluate what’s happening around us. There are people who enjoyed working for their careers. But not everyone, most Filipinos are working for the sake of the needs of their family, not for the mere reason that they are fulfilled doing their job. Even those who are fulfilled at their present job may eventually lose their enthusiasm. Time leads us to change. We cannot claim everything to be constant and permanent, because everything is borrowed. Our lifespan depends on our Great Creator. There are also factors corrupting the ways of men such us addiction, abuse, pain and suffering and other forms of crime. Maybe those are some of the reasons why the Lord said: “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he is also flesh: his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.” (Gen. 6:3)
Now I’m getting more interested with this saying “Life is too short”. For me, it drives me to be more aware, more responsible and mindful for the remaining length of time. So, I think we all see the need to plan, learn new things, adjust and settle for things we prefer. We all see that time has its power to persuade our course of actions. From the day we graduate from college we are expected to decide and plan for our own.
Sometime along the way, we feel like we lost all the zest and wonder. We come to realize that our time is like a stream. Time is but the stream you go a-fishing in. You drink at it; but while you drink you see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. We ask ourselves, why is this happening? And you know you can’t dwell on this pit of losing. So you strive hard to immerse yourself. But remember to trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
However, is this all we need to do? Make plans and prepare for what is seen right here, right now. It’s evident that we all come and go from this world. How about the other world where we will settle for eternity? How are you investing your time for that?
Let me leave this enabling verse: Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report;
if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, let us think on these things.