Albert Einstein taught the world that time is relative. You don’t have to comprehend the math to appreciate the concept. Time flies when you’re having fun, and the seconds creep when you’re having dental work!
I’ve seen the same theorem at work in church life.
- People punctually arrive at school and work on weekdays. The same persons straggle into worship 10+ minutes late on Sundays.
- In November, I attended the UGA/Tech football game with 55,000 close friends who filled the stadium for three hours. However, church members get antsy if a worship service lasts more than an hour.
- TV devotees binge watch shows for countless hours; but the idea of spending an hour in Bible study or prayer appears daunting.
- Parents religiously ensure their children attend athletic practices, dance recitals, Scout meetings, academic events, and tutoring sessions. Many of these same children will not be present at Sunday School or youth group.
In his book, All In, Mark Batterson wrote, “We all want to spend eternity with God. We just don’t want to spend time with God.”
Time is relative.
Eternity is not.