Anyone who enjoys science-fiction knows that one of the primary plots used centers around time. People step forward or backward in time then have to deal with the premise that their actions can effect events that may be central points in the emergence of vital inventions or discoveries and the impact therein.
It is something that, for all our technology, we have yet to discover how to create. One could argue that we have saved time by creating modern devices such as a washing machine. It took time to beat clothes clean on a rock by the river. It took less time to put them in an old-fashioned tub with a washboard and hand-cranked wringer. Then came the electric washing machines where you put the clothes in and push a button. What next? Since new fibers are being created and promoted, my guess is that we will wear materials that can be tossed in some kind of box while we sleep and be ‘freshened’ overnight. Or clothes will clean themselves. Or we will all be wearing some kind of strong erasable paper. I have no doubt that we will eventually find a way to do in minutes what took hours.
The problem is that while we cut the time factor of our daily needs, what do we use to fill the time we are saving?
If we allow AI to begin to ease our way, what behavior will replace it for the humans it is aiding?
One need only look at the STAR WARS franchise to see a future melding of robotic helpers with humans. They have robotic doctors, but also robotic weapons. Robotic food devices, but people starving. Their technology has evolved, yet they continue to exploit their citizens much like worker bees serving a queen bee.
Much as humanity longs for a utopia, they neglect to think about how living in such a world would affect them. What would you do when you need do nothing?
God, however, does deal with time. He allots us each a specific amount and allows us to decide how we utilize it. Most people when faced with death speak of things they ‘wish’ they had accomplished. James addresses this by showing us how we should develop our attitude toward time.
James 4:13-15-Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
James is pretty much giving us the ‘Yoda speech’ of “Do, or do not.”
Time is wasted on regrets.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda, offer nothing.
Take each moment as it comes and do what God is convicting you to do.
Don’t waste His time….or yours.