One second of your life will pass into history in the time it takes you to say: “One thousand one.” Interesting and amazing things can happen in a brief moment of one second: A beekeeper will tell you that a bee flaps his wings 230 times every second that he is hovering over a flower. This is much faster than the hummingbird that flaps its wings about 70 times a second and a little faster than the tongue-flapping town gossip.
Take another second or two to read these one second statistics. Every second:
- 8,613 tweets are posted on Twitter
- 1,771 photos are uploaded to Instagram
- 1,669 “phone” calls are made on Skype
- 46,610 searches are made on Google
- 96,225 videos are watched on YouTube
- 2,372,740 emails are sent
Time is a frequent topic of discussion in the Bible:
- Psalm 144:4: “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
- Psalm 90:10: “The days of our lives are seventy years; and, if by reason of strength they are eighty years; yet, their boast is only labor and sorrow.”
These verses speak of the brevity of life, and the Bible as a whole challenges you to live a full life that honors God. Perhaps it’s time to take a second to do a firsthand review of your life, and compare your perspective to Paul’s:
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] ~Philippians 3:10 ~Amplified Version
How many seconds of your life do you devote to “progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with” Jesus?