One of our Creative Communications contributing writers, Michelle Van Loon, recently had her newest book, Moments and Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith, excerpted in the September 2016 issue of Christianity Today. Bravo, Michelle! Way to go!
Her words about how we order and structure our time resonate well during these weeks when a a new academic year begins.
Van Loon reveals in her book that in early pagan cultures time was seen as a wheel that kept going around and around. It was only the ancient Jews who began looking at time as a journey with a purpose.
We need to keep that in mind ourselves as we “get back on the hamster wheel” of routine again after the summer months.
Reflecting on Psalm 90:12, which says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” Van Loon observes, “The chosen people discovered more than three millennia ago that when God called them to number their days, it wasn’t about rearranging their calendars, but about reorienting their lives—heart, soul, mind and strength—as they followed him like pilgrims through time” (Moments & Days, Michelle Van Loon, NavPress).
Think about that the next time you write something on your calendar. Life is not all about just filling time to get by. It is about using time to fulfill the goal that God in his Son Jesus has in mind for us.
As St. Paul says, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
So let us “press on” in faith through the days on our calendar, knowing that the ultimate prize is eternal life and salvation won for us by Christ on the cross.
As Christians, we are never going in circles; we are always moving forward. And our momentum is our supreme trust in our Savior who came “at just the right time” to free us from the “hamster wheel” of sin that kept us running in place with no place to go.
Now we have a place to go—heaven. And each day on the calendar will take us there.
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