Is it attainable?
I believe it is! But first, humanity must deal with its unwavering allegiance to the human clock—a crafty invention that encourages the repetition of time-honored behavior. Time is both a gift and a curse. The 24-hour clock is not the problem. The measurement of time is not evil. Yet, our desire to keep track of time has placed the human spirit in a state of bondage that most of us don’t realize. Therefore, our awareness of time’s power to control the decision-making process is a key factor in changing undesirable behaviors that are repeated from generation to generation.
If we are to diagnose and overcome our time sickness, we must learn to master the clock rather than allowing the clock to master us. This change in thinking would involve dethroning an invisible spiritual dictator that exists behind the face of every clock. That’s right! An unseen spiritual force communicates with the human mind and pressures the human spirit throughout our waking hours. Thus, our change in thinking would involve silencing this insidious government that requires continual obedience, delights in the continuance of injustice, rewards first place positions of power in the world’s hierarchical systems, and demands that violence be returned with violence.
Is the clock really that powerful within the human mind?
I believe it is!
The 24-hour clock positions the human spirit in a tug of war that mimics the powerful pull of the oceanic waters. The slow tug or pull toward darkness is the craftiness of the clock’s deceptive nature. When poisoning occurs in small doses, its negative affect on the human soul is almost never realized. In spite of our seasick feelings of pulling and tugging, we somehow can’t identify that it is our love-hate relationship with the 24-hour clock that is controlling us. Thus, many people know that humanity is sick, but we haven’t been able to accurately diagnose the root cause of our dis-ease.
I believe we are being duped by an unseen enemy of our own making! Fooled into remembering past wrongs and deceived into thinking one more wrong will surely make things right! The longer that the battle rages in the spiritual realm, the more control this luring, deceitful, crafty government has within whole populations, religious movements, political agendas, and warring nations—all involving innocent people who feel like helpless hostages in a battle that is controlled by someone, or something, other than themselves.
To be more specific about the clock’s illusory power to rule over the moments of an ordinary day, I offer the following true story:
A young mother walks hand in hand with her son on the way to his kindergarten class. The small boy is a typical five-year-old who has little understanding of time beyond morning, mealtime, and bedtime. He realizes that school days are different than weekends and holidays. However, the clock is an object on the wall that has not yet claimed ownership of his young mind.
As mother and son approach the kindergarten classroom, the school bell rings. It is 8:15 a.m. She and her son make eye contact with her son’s teacher who is standing at the door. They both smile. Yet, as soon as the bell sounds, the teacher closes the door! After all . . . it is 8:15 a.m.
The teacher has a close relationship with the clock that rules her world. Anyone who is not in the classroom when the bell rings, is not allowed to enter the room without a tardy slip from the school office. It doesn’t matter if she can see her student approaching the door when the bell rings. If her student is not physically in the classroom, the door will be closed.
Based on the teacher’s rules, the young mother quickly proceeds to the school office to obtain a tardy slip. By the time her son’s body is on the correct side of the door, it is 8:17 a.m. The mother hands the tardy slip to the teacher, kisses her son good-bye, and wishes him a good day at school.
Sadly, the teacher’s strict relationship with the clock in her head caused her to miss the best opportunity she had to set the stage for a good day at school for one of her students. As the school bell rang, she had the choice to say, “Good morning little one. Come on in. Good to see you today!” But, in closing the door on an approaching student, the teacher clearly chose to honor her relationship with the 24-hour clock over her desire to have a welcoming, warm-hearted relationship with a child who has not yet learned the ultimate lesson in life—“the clock must be obeyed.”
This one insignificant example is magnified billions of times, in trillions of different ways—at the grocery store, on the highways during rush hour traffic, or in line at a fast-food restaurant, etc. The lesser government of temporal time constantly pressures us into obedience while lying to us in the midst of the pressure. “Study harder, think smarter, drive faster, go further, build higher, dig deeper!”
Although the human clock plays a major role in the everyday spiritual battles that affect the health and well-being of the human spirit, the ancient story of Cain in Genesis 4 suggests that we have the ability to master over this particular power. Time confused Cain—ultimately leading to his decision to kill his brother. Time exists as a silent presence in every story, but rarely do we ‘see’ the role that time plays in the ancient biblical narrative. Nevertheless, the spiritual battle between the gift of time and the curse of time is apparently winnable if we can accurately diagnose our time sickness and find an appropriate cure.
The sad part about the conversations in Genesis between Adam, Eve, the crafty serpent, and the spirit of God, is that they echo the same conversations today—thousands and thousands of years later. Therefore, we must not dismiss these ancient myths without delving into the depths of their spiritual purpose. Do the stories point directly to the genesis of generational dysfunction beginning with the measurement of time in the early garden? I believe they do.
The earliest desire to measure time, more than 6,000 years ago, would have unlocked the mystery of seedtime, harvest time, the female menstrual cycle, and the length of gestation. The timekeeping efforts would have planted the first seeds of personal power in the garden of life which, in turn, would have fostered ideas of self–control and tribal control.
By the time that the earliest lunar calendars were developed, the desire to engage in self-promotion, as a means of self-preservation, replaced the desire to live communally, as a means of survival. Thus, the earliest timekeeping knowledge would have marked humanity’s introduction into life-altering give and take relationships between personal power in the garden, collective power to overtake the garden, and communal power for the well-being of the garden.
Today, the puzzle of seed-time, harvest, and procreation is in our distant past. However, concerns over personal, collective, and communal power is ever-present. Humanity now has the ability to start human life in a petri dish and clone the human creation. Genetic research could engineer the physical attributes of our children. The same research may hold the clues to cure every physical disease that destroys the human body. With no disease, humans could multiply and live forever. Simultaneously, we could annihilate whole populations with nuclear energy. We could combine chemicals to contaminate water supplies or cause deadly air pollution—both of which would cause catastrophic loss of life on earth.
Lest each generation thoughtlessly fall into the trap of conforming to and modeling the behaviors of previous generations, we have some tough questions to ask.
- Are we ready to confront the timekeeping factor in generational dysfunction?
- Is it possible that a spiritual government has conned the human spirit for the past 6,000 years while hiding behind the face of the human clock?
- Who is in charge of the rules that the passage of time has established?
- Can the rules be changed or broken?
- Is God in charge of the gift of time? If so, whose God is in charge?
- How will the gift of time be used as time marches onward?
If the human spirit has been conned for the past 6,000 years, are we content to continue acquiescing to a lesser government that hides behind our own human invention? Are we doomed to repeat the failures of past generations simply because we can’t diagnose our time sickness? Or, is it time to say, “Enough is enough!” The gift of time is ours to enjoy and ours to control! Let’s rip the mask off of the spiritual deceiver’s face and cut the strings of our temporal puppeteer!
Our spiritual school bell is ringing.
How shall we respond?
Only time will tell.
Thoughts along the way,
SUBSCRIBE Carol Wimmer is the author of the acclaimed poem When I say I am a Christian, and three books entitled: The Net—An Organizational Vision for the Church of Tomorrow; The Clock—A Timekeeping Tool for the Church of Tomorrow; and The Key—A Spiritual Language for the Church of Tomorrow