Sermon quotes on time
Augustine of Hippo
What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.
I spend so much time on the Internet…I feel like I’m a million pages into the worst book ever, and I’m never going to stop reading.
Everything has its time and the main thing is that we keep in step with God and do not keep pressing on a few steps ahead-nor keep dawdling a few steps behind.
Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.
Time is the rider that breaks youth.
Martin Luther King Jr.
We must use time creatively.
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.
Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten as a dream
Dies at the break of day.
The busy tribes of flesh and blood
With all their cares and fears,
Are carried downward like a flood
And lost in following years.
When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.
Margin, is the space between our load and our limits.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
If every moment is sacred and if you are amazed and in awe most of the time when you find yourself breathing and not crazy, then you are in a state of constant thankfulness, worship and humility.
While American society is rich in goods, it is extremely time-poor. Many societies in the two-thirds world, by contrast, are poor in material possessions, by our standards, but they are rich in time. They are not driven or hurried. They live with a sense that there is adequate time to do what needs to be done each day.
When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.
Augustine of Hippo
For You [God] are infinite and never change. In You, ‘today’ never comes to an end: and yet our ‘today’ does come to an end in You, because time, as well as everything else, exists in You. If it did not, it would have no means of passing. And since Your years never come to an end, for You they are simply ‘today’… You yourself are eternally the same. In Your ‘today’ You will make all that is to exist tomorrow and thereafter, and in Your ‘today’ You have made all that existed yesterday and forever before.
Learn to master time, and you will be able—whatever you do, whatever the stress, in the storm, in tragedy, or simply in the confusion in which we continuously live—to be still, immobile in the present, face to face with the Lord, in silence or in words.
Beginning to Pray, Paulist Press.
When mechanical clocks began to spring up in town squares across Europe, the line between keeping time and keeping control blurred further.
In Praise Of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging The Cult Of Speed, HarperCollins.
Stuart Strachan Jr.
Leisure has changed significantly since the dawn of the internet age. A 2008 international survey of 27,500 adults between the ages of 18 and fifty-five found that people spend 30% of their leisure time online. Of all the countries studied, the Chinese spent the largest amount of time online with 44% of their non-working hours spent online.
Source Information from TNS Global, “Digital World, Digital Life,” December 2008.
It is inconceivable to think that God would give us so much to do that we can no longer spend extended time with Him.
On the Way: A Guide to Christian Spirituality (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2001), 72.
Tish Harrison Warren
The future orientation of Christian time reminds us that we are people on the way. It allows us to live in the present as an alternative people, patiently waiting for what is to come, but never giving up on our telos. We are never quite comfortable. We seek justice, practice mercy, and herald the kingdom to come.
Taken from Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. Copyright (c) 2016 by Tish Harrison Warren, p.113. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com
Westerners have watches, Africans have time.
There is never enough time, unless you’re serving it.
Edward T. Hall
Time talks. It speaks more plainly than words. The message it conveys comes through loud and clear. Because it is manipulated less consciously, it is subject to less distortion than the spoken language. It can shout truth where words lie.
It is we who are passing when we say time passes.
Duration and Simultaneity: With Reference to Einstein’s Theory (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1965), 42.
Sabbath reminds us that “our time” was never our time in the first place. All time is God’s time.
Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World, Baker Publishing Group, 2018, Kindle Location 340.
Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins, it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
Life just gives you time and space—it’s up to you to fill it.
The modern world has had far too little understanding of the art of keeping young. Its notion of progress has been to pile one thing on top of another, without caring if each thing was crushed in turn. People forgot that the human soul can enjoy a thing most when there is time to think about it and be thankful for it.
The world is God’s way of bestowing blessings upon us.
Our times are ordered by God according to the seasons of the year, according to
the seasons of life, according to the needs of the day.
Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.
Speech, On His Eighty-Fifth Birthday Party, January 6, 1963.
Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
The bell strikes one. We take no note of time But from its loss.
People who keep sabbath live all seven days differently.
Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014), 107.
Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one.
Our time is a precious gift that will be multiplied only when it is corralled by the good story of the gospel.
Taken from Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much by Ashley Hales Copyright (c) 2009 by Ashley Hales. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com
Time, then, is told by love’s losses, and by the coming of love, and by love continuing in gratitude for what is lost. It is folded and enfolded and unfolded forever and ever, the love by which the dead are alive and the unborn welcomed into the womb…. No one who has gratitude is the onliest one.
Our imagination so powerfully magnifies time, by continual reflections upon it, and so diminishes eternity . . . for want of reflection, that we make a nothing of eternity and an eternity of nothing. . . . This is a dangerous game.
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