Text: Vaula Eskeli
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
Many of us know the feeling of having to rush to an appointment or getting an assignment done just before the deadline. Some may even habitually wait until close to the deadline before they accomplish their task. This may be especially true of students preparing for an examination or writing a paper. Some even say that they work most efficiently knowing there is not much time left.
Time passes, and we cannot slow down or accelerate its passage. Time before the present is already in the past, and the future is unknown to us. We only have the moment in which we are living right now.
While having a quick cup of coffee before the workday, we often think about the meetings we will be attending and the full schedule of tasks ahead of us at the workplace. At the same time, we may be thinking about the daily shopping list, our turn to pick up the kids from day care, or how our teenager will manage his math lesson. There are also the things we would like to do together as a family and the bedtime stories. Life is full of things to do. Will I have time for everything, will I be able to accomplish all things?
We may also take on many kinds of time-consuming tasks on top of the really necessary ones. We easily drift into a situation where there are too many things to do and, despite our good intentions, are unable to meet our deadlines. Our unrealistic expectations of accomplishing all things crumble.
Many people are aware of their time management problems, especially if they have an assignment they find unpleasant or uninteresting. People have different characteristics and inclinations that determine whether they find a big assignment or event annoying and unmotivating.
Conscientiousness is another characteristic that affects our tendency to postpone tasks. Conscientiousness is thought to be related to our ability to concentrate, show self-control, and be methodical. These are all part of the framework that affects our intention to accomplish things and makes us work at the very last moment.
In the Bible, the last moment for doing something is called the eleventh hour. This refers to the eleventh hour counted from six o’clock in the morning, i.e. the hour from six to seven in the evening.
At services we have heard sermons about the owner of the vineyard who hired people to work from early in the morning till the last hour of the workday. The workers were surprised about the payment. The owner had promised to pay a denarius for the day, and he paid the same sum to all workers regardless of the time they had spent working. With this parable, Jesus wanted to teach us about the abundant grace of God that one can possess even at the very last moment. We have been promised full re-compensation in heaven, regardless of whether we have been believing since childhood or have found God’s kingdom on our deathbed.
The robber on the cross experienced God’s great grace when he heard Jesus say, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43).
It will come
the eleventh hour
before it is too late
I have to stack the firewood
make some bread
send the children to school
now is the time
to play with the grandchildren
say the evening prayer
love and touch
the longing hands
now is the time
see all things that are good
continue the work
sit and rest
trust without doubts
it is still the time
Erilaisten riippuvuuksien eli addiktioiden määrä ihmisillä on länsimaisissa yhteiskunnissa lisääntynyt voimakkaasti viime vuosikymmeninä. Nykymaailmassa on tarjolla aiempaa enemmän sellaisia virikkeitä, jotka voivat synnyttää riippuvuuden.
Siionin Joulu on lehti joulun kristillistä sanomaa kaipaavalle. Lehti on värikäs, aikaansa heijastava. Hartauksien lisäksi siinä on haastatteluja eri puolilta maailmaa.
Lohdullisia ja riemullisia lauluja taivaasta Jämsän Kristillinen Kansanopiston kuoron laulamana.
Tämä levy vie sinut löytöretkelle lasten Siionin laulujen pariin pienten soololaulajien ja vähän isompien kuorolaulajien mukana. Kuuntele, kuinka koskettavasti, raikkaasti ja mieleenpainuvasti nuori väki laulaa näitä kristillisyydelle arvokkaita lauluja.
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