Gaining an hour – losing an hour

Tonight’s the night that we “gain” and hour as we set our clocks back tonight.  Most of us will appreciate the “extra” hour.  However, we’re not really getting anything that wasn’t already ours.  You see, in the spring we set the clocks “ahead” an hour thereby “giving” an hour.  Many people don’t know why we do this.  If we didn’t “spring” the clocks forward, it would get light at 4:45 a.m. in the middle of summer when the majority of people in America are still in bed.  We would be sleeping through an hour of daylight.  Then on the summer evenings, by moving the clocks forward, instead of getting dark at 8 p.m. it doesn’t get dark until 9 p.m.  Now when we get to sleep an extra hour tonight, we’re only getting back that hour’s sleep we lost in the spring.

This makes me think of how we who are Christians sometimes mistakenly think about our giving to God.  If we give God $25 in the offering plate on Sunday, we act as if we’re giving God something that is ours and that He should be grateful.  In reality, we’re just giving Him back something that is already His, something He gave us.  It’s the same with our time and talents used for His glory.  We’re not giving anything that doesn’t already belong to Him.  He’s not “gaining” anything that He didn’t already own, that wasn’t already His.   We cannot give God anything that He hasn’t given us.  And you can even say when we give things to God, we’re not “losing” anything.  Everything we have on this earth is temporary anyhow, except our salvation through Jesus Christ, which is eternal.  Jim Elliott, a missionary who gave up his life for the Gospel in the 1950’s in Ecuador wrote this in his journal:  “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”  Well said.






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