Sunday, August 20, 2000

Ecclesiastes 3:15

"That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past."
Ecclesiastes 3:15

This scripture seems to be saying... the past is the present, the future has already happened, and God requireth the past.  So, hmm... what does that mean?  That life is a cyclical thing, and there have been other earths and other judgments?  That, really, time is all before us and we have the ability to change the past, present and future by our choices?  That who we are now, today, matters more than anything?  That I still can't picture things without time? :)  I'm thinking about that last part... God requireth that which is past.  Maybe that means that God wants us to resolve our pasts.  Repentance is kind of a time cheat anyway... God says that when we repent that our sins are washed away and he remembers them no more.  And, since God knows everything, ever, that means that they effectively don't exist.  Repentance doesn't need to leave scars... it can leave us completely new and whole... able to start again.  Who we have been and who we will be all adds up into one thing... us.  And we still get to choose that, even if time turns out to not exist.  And maybe the lesson here is to worry about now, and not other moments that we can't touch.  Let's be dedicated to God *now* ... let's be clean *now* ... let's stop planning repentance or change in our lives and delaying things to the far future.  No need for a time machine... just a different perspective. :)

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