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What is “time?” There are several different definitions of time. Generally, dictionaries seem to provide “shades” of the meaning of time. The Oxford Dictionary describes time as “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.” We can agree, to some extent, that time can be measured in segments of past, present, and future to indicate when and where an event, action, or a certain situation occurred. Just about everything depends on time or revolves around it. Time is also measured in units of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. Also, we understand that computer memory speed is measured in “nanoseconds,” which is said to be “one billionth of a second.”

There are many interesting things about time. We sometimes ask these questions. “What time is it?” or “Do you have the time?” or “What time will I see you?” Every year we put our clocks forward by one hour for Daylight Saving Time. It is absolutely impossible to stop time, hold it back, or slow it down. Admittedly, time is something we must all reckon with everyday of our lives. We cannot see, feel, or touch time.

King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 4:30,31), considered that life consists of various times and seasons. Hence, he wrote, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak; a time to love and a time hate; a time for war and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). These verses present a balanced view of time no one can deny.

Everyone should respect time and regard it essentially as a most precious commodity because it respects no one, irrespective of our position in life. Here are some examples of how time plays a major role in many aspect