Have you seen the film, The Matrix? It’s a pretty cool film. I watched it years ago and last year I decided to rewatch it because when you’re done with School of Architecture you feel like you have all the time in the world. You suddenly remember that it is actually not a sin to spend time on something which is not your design thesis project. It’s like waking up from a dream and like Keanu Reeves the only thing that comes out of your mouth is “whoa!”.
If you haven’t seen the Matrix, somewhere at the early stages of the storyline the protagonist is offered a red pill and a blue pill. Taking the blue pill would end the story and we would never find out about the Matrix. Taking the red pill would expose the protagonist to the true nature of the Matrix. I brought this up because it reminds me of the life Jesus Christ presented.
The red pill or the blue pill? Every step in life comes with a decision-making process. Ignoring the process does not expose the weight of the matter. Before you had breakfast you thought about what you’d like to eat. Perhaps breakfast is a routine but every routine is the result of a previously made decision. Before you went to university, before you bought the high calorie ice-cream, before you bought the car… Once upon a time you were a child and had to rely on your parents decisions but now the child is grown and must decide – to turn left or to turn right; to leave or to stay?
Decisions are full of questions and much pondering. To move or not to move; to buy or not to buy. Every decision results with either benefits or consequences; joy or sorrow. Every decision made by an individual affects more than the individual. The decision you make today may not affect someone now but it will surely affect someone tomorrow. Every decision involves time.
Oh boy! Time can be cruel, but time can also be a blessing. Time is either a friend or an enemy. In time the gift of life is given, in time life is taken away; in time people make money, in time people lose money – it’s either gain or loss. Yet the clock continues to tick at each event, never pausing. We are familiar with words like, “if only I had more time, I would have met my deadline”, “if only I had more time to think about it”, “if only I had done it last year”, “next year I plan to…”, “tomorrow I will…”, all the while the clock continues to tick.
Every second, every minute, every hour, you will make a decision to do or not to do, to agree or disagree. In the process time continues to move forward, men and women run out of time because time does not regard anybody. Every decision is made ‘today’.
“Tomorrow will become today, today will become yesterday, tomorrow will also eventually become yesterday but yesterday goes and never returns.”
As you observe the clock to make your life changing decisions today, the short hand will point to 3 and the long hand will point to 16. Or maybe your digital watch will read 3:16. There is something super amazing that happens at that time. At 3:16 God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The perishable life or the everlasting life? What will you decide today? Don’t wait for tomorrow to become yesterday before you think of deciding, because you would discover that it would have been too late.