How Do We Measure Time?

Acrylic on canvas glued to inside of clock, 2011

How do we measure time? I spent a few hours one afternoon reading Wikipedia articles on man’s concept of time and it was quite fascinating. There are many who have put a lot of thought into this, and it is fun to think about such things sometimes. But I wonder if we are neglecting a more important aspect of time.

Every year we celebrate our birthday. We have lived one more year of life – or have we? What constitutes as life? Do we count how much life we have lived by our age, our accomplishments, our travels, our happiness, and how much others have admired and loved us? There is a saying to not count your life by years, but by friends, but I don’t think that is quite right either. Life is more than a popularity contest. So what is it? I think true life is about being in relationship with God and with one another.

This clock is about that fellowship, and it is a reminder for me to not count my life by hours, days, or years, but by love.

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