Do You Have The Time For God?

First published October 2017

The Reverend Ray Gibbs considers today's 'hurried' world and its impact on our time for God.

In 1967, experts on time management delivered a report to the U. S. Senate. These experts believed that the speed of technology, satellites, and robotics would present a big problem for the American workplace in the years to come. The problem? People would have too much free time. The report stated: “By 1985, people might have to choose between working a 22 hour week, 27 weeks a year, and retiring at 38.” The experts really nailed that one, didn’t they!  They got that one spot on: not!

Increased speeds in technology have, in fact, decreased free time. The “experts” didn’t anticipate us filling in the productivity gaps with guess what: more productivity. But we did, and today, we’re addicted to speed, it’s all hurry, hurry, hurry, rush, rush and rush, and it has an official name: ‘hurry sickness - “a continuous struggle to accomplish more things and participate in more events in less time, frequently in the face of opposition, real or imagined, from other people.”

Our pace is unhealthy. We accomplish more in less time, but at what cost? Could it be that faster doesn’t equal better? Is it possible that the fast life doesn’t lead to the good life? Carl Jung said, “Hurry is not OF the devil. Hurry IS the devil.” I’m not against productivity or speed. Usain Bolt was a great athlete, and I cannot imagine a world without cars, planes and computers, but I’m concerned about the worship of speed and machines and making them ever faster. 

In a children’s book called ‘Where Is God?’ It says this: “Where is God? God is in the beginning, in the tiny hands of a baby. Where is God? God is in the end, and in the last bite of birthday cake. Where is God? God is in the world, God is everywhere, wherever we choose to look”. 

A hurried world has no time for looking, no space to notice God, life is about the next thing, the next big event; the next item on our to-do list. As long as we continue to move at this speed, our relationship with God will suffer, and with the big “C” holiday upon our horizons: living, unless we make an extra special effort to slow the pace of our own individual life, will get more fraught still. God is wherever we look, but are we looking for Him, have we the time for Him?   


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