Sunday 27 July 2014

Friday of Week 25 Year 2

Some of us are very activity-centered or task-oriented. It seems as if we cannot sit down for a while, or slow down or wait. We must do this or that; go here or there; or complete this or that. Life can seem quite busy as a bee or hectic. On the other extreme hand, some of us could be procrastinating in our tasks. We sometimes hear complaints of something not being done, or not done properly, or not according to what was expected. What about you? Where do you fit in?

In today's reading, we are reminded that "There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven." We are also asked to ponder: "What does a man gain for the efforts that he makes? I contemplate the task that God gives mankind to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but though he has permitted man to consider time in its wholeness, man cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end."

Indeed, there is a time and place for everything. When we are doing too much, we may end up neglecting other things. When we are doing too little, the task or matter at hand would be delayed or stagnant. Perhaps we need to learn to strike a balance between being and doing. Sometimes we could gain better perception or ideas when we take a step back for a while and let God guide our actions and conduct.

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