In reading Jason Stellman’s blog I noticed a quote he put up. It is priceless.
“Sleep is a powerful seducer,” writes Tom Hodgkinson, “hence the terrifying machinery we have developed to fight it. I mean, the alarm clock. Heavens! What evil genius brought together those two enemies of the idle – clocks and alarms – into one unit? … For all modern society’s promises of leisure [and] liberty… most of us are still slaves to a schedule we did not choose” (How to be Idle, 4, 6).
It really makes me wonder. How much foolishness have we amassed in all our confidence in our own sovereignty? We are deputies over God’s creation, but not sovereign taxonomists dicing up God’s creation as we see fit. I have in mind introducing measured time. I am ignorant enough to not know what the history of the clock is, but late, hurried, and unproductive enough to notice our slavish obedience to the clock. Makes me wonder what Paul has in mind when he says:
5Conduct yourselves wisely[a] toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:5-6)
15Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17).
hmmm…. many questions.