Have you ever noticed that the older we get, the more quickly time seems to pass by? I’m sure you have. We all have! Of course time doesn’t actually pass by more quickly as we age, but what makes it feel this way?
There are a few different theories out there as to why this phenomenon occurs. One theory is that when we are young, we are making detailed memories of all of the new, exciting, and first time events that happen in our lives. Things like early childhood Christmases, summer vacations to new places, new family pets, a first boyfriend or girlfriend, a first job, or first car. As we are processing these new things, a sort of marker is created in our brain. But, as we age, these experiences start to become more repetitious and mundane, and as the years pass, fewer new things stand out to us as a memorable marker in our minds. The years just seem to pass, and sort of blend into each other.
This got me thinking about our lives as believers – the last thing we want is for the years to fly by without any “memorable markers!” I believe there might be ways that we can slow down at least the perception that time is passing too quickly, and it might just mean getting out of our comfort zones!
It is so easy to fall into a predictable, easy, and repetitious rhythm of life. We tend to frequent the same restaurants, vacation in the same places, cook the same foods for dinner, and even sit in the same spot every week for church! I know I am guilty of this. But what if we set some goals to just make some little changes to our routines?
Maybe try a new restaurant in a new area of town. Invite someone over for dinner that has never been to your house before. Learn a new language or skill. Find someone to mentor in a skill you already possess. Plan an adventure with family or friends. Or maybe just look for someone to bless or serve.
When we become open to the possibility of doing things differently, or trying new things, I think we also become open to the changes and plans God has in store for our lives.
When we meet new people, we are making connections that could someday lead to sharing Christ with others. When we learn new skills, we are quite possibly becoming more useful to God for his kingdom. As we go to new places, we are not only making memories, but also opening our eyes to the possibilities and needs that are waiting for us beyond our comfortable day to day lives.
One thing I do know about time is that it is limited and precious. One day we will all stand before God and have to give an account of how we have used the time He gave us on this earth. This truly is a motivator for me to get out of my comfort zone and look for opportunities to “slow down time.” So, here’s to getting out there, going new places, meeting new people, learning new things, making new memories, and making ourselves available to be used by God along the way.