Sanctifying Time and Space
- Feb 27, 2015
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Sanctifying Time and Space
So often I hear, “If I only had a little more time” or “I just need a little more space.” I must admit, I’ve said them too. In a busy world, so very over-scheduled and packed, we all just need a little more time and space to live life to the fullest.
Several months ago, I read an article in the Harvard Business Review that I found spiritually enlightening, helping me sanctify time and space each day. The article was about the elusive pursuit of balance. The author claimed that by focusing on balance and seeking it as a goal, we set ourselves up for failure. Balance, if defined as finding more time and space, he argued, was not the goal. Instead, he reminded readers that time and space were already the constants; good decisions had to be the goal. Time and space, he argued, would become expansive and abundant when we made the decision to honor ourselves and others with right choices.
Yes, this from the HBR.
So, I set out to make better choices, and miraculously, time and space appeared. I wrote these five guiding principles in my journal:
- I would not say I was busy. I wouldn’t buy into the myth that I didn’t have choices.
- I would not say I needed more time. I would make decisions based upon the time I had.
- I would set goals for things I needed in my life and put them on the calendar. I would pray, exercise, call out of town family members, and write.
- I would ask myself whether a decision someone else wanted me to make was really mine. Were they were asking me because they didn’t want to take responsibility? (This, by the way, is a whole reflection in and of itself).
- Last, and perhaps most liberating of all, I would leave my MacBook at the office at least two nights per week.
Funny, but these simple rules helped me claim the sanctity of time and space again. I found more time for reflection and discernment. I discovered prayer amidst all things. God seemed more present to me. Poetry re-entered my life.
The sanctification of time and space is surely what we seek in the sacrament. When we come together at the altar, God’s presence in the bread and wine transport us, lift us to a dimension of the eternal in the here and now. Sometimes, that presence is palpable, while at others, not at all. But as people of God, we know that the glorification of God in the liturgy is our joy, goal, and aim. When we take this same pursuit into daily life, we find that the choices we make will impact how we perceive time and space in the world. Will it be scarce? Or in the abundance of God’s grace and mercy, will we let time and space be sanctified, lifted up to God?
This Lent, I invite you to give time and space to God. Choose to embrace them as gifts, abundant gifts of God. Write your five guiding principles and stick to them.
See what God can do when you honor yourself and others with good choices. I think you will find that time and space become expansive, just like simple bread and wine, given over to God, explode in love.
A most blessed Lent to you all,