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Topic: Drip (04/25/13)
TITLE: Small Things
By Ramona Cook
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Intravenous fluids are rarely administered with the valve fully open, rather they are delivered into the patient's body by slow drips or quicker moving drops, depending upon the need of the patient and the chemical component of the fluid being given.
The hot water faucet that drips a slow drip can greatly increase both the electric and the water bills. We cannot underestimate the importance of small things and the impact that small items possess in the influencing of our life's outcomes.
To my knowledge time is not a fluid, but it certainly moves. Time is composed of tiny seconds and minutes and hours and days. None of these appear at first thought to be of great importance in the grand scheme of an entire life-time; that is, not at first thought.
We are all aware that 60 seconds equals 1 minute; 60 minutes equals 1 hour; 24 hours equals 1 day; but when a full day is realized as only 1,440 minutes, I don't know how it affects you, but to me it places a greater value on the seemingly miniscule "Minute."
The most conservative of "sleep professionals" declare that we must have 8 hours of sleep. That is 480 minutes gone for a good cause.
Most employment requires 8 hours of our time, there goes another 480 minutes.
We have the remaining 480 minutes to do everything else we do, such as commuting to and from the job, personal grooming for going to the job, shopping, eating, cooking, cleaning chores, paying bills, having equipment such as our cars serviced, yard work, family time, recreation time, phone calls, and oh yes, our personal devotional time.
Our salvation in this equation is that all the items listed for the remaining 8 hours do not require attention every day. The point is made however, that we have basically only 480 personal type minutes each day for these activities.
Statistics report that the average person watches 3 hours of television each day; is it a wonder that we are overwhelmed? If we are a person inclined to productivity and order, it becomes a point of huge frustration.
Add to the mix that most family members or co-workers are not that serious about getting things "done" and especially if there is a "getter done" person around, they then manage to acquire selective deafness and the proverbial rose colored glasses convincing them that "all is well." This is a waste of their time and life; good time managers correct it.
I visualize Linus, the cartoon character, with his blanket and his question of why just walking around the block made him so tired; of course, he didn't look around to investigate why. If he had he would have found that he had a lot of "free riders" on his blanket, unproductive users of the energy he was expending for the benefit of them all.
Individually, we have a schedule not exactly like everyone else's, but all our lives are similar in that none are privileged nor deprived regarding the allotment of TIME; everyone has the same amount of it.
The little minutes drop into our past, and they are forever gone into the making of our life's history and its impact for good, or for evil, or for nothing.
In Ephesians 5:16 we are advised to, "Redeem the time because the days are evil." I have copied from *Strong's Concordance the interpretation of the Greek word for "evil" as it applies to our English translation:
1) full of labors, annoyances, hardships
a) pressed and harassed by labors
b) bringing toils, annoyances, perils; of a time full of peril to Christian faith and steadfastness; causing pain and trouble
2) bad, of a bad nature or condition
a) in a physical sense: diseased or blind
b) in an ethical sense: evil wicked, bad
*Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible; James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., Hendrickson Publishers,
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