Eugene Peterson Smacked Me

Yep. Right in the face. Shocking, he seems like such a peaceful little man... Reading Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places this morning and landed on the section about Creation and God's gift of time. Then this hit me:

"The most conspicuous evidences of this desecration (of time) are hurry and procrastination: Hurry turns away from the gift of time in a compulsive grasping for abstractions that it can possess and control. Procrastination is distracted from the gift of time in a lazy inattentiveness to the life of obedience and adoration by which we enter the "fullness of time." Whether by a hurried grasping or by a procrastinating inattention, time is violated." (65)

Hurry abuses the gift of time by trying to force and control creation (and the Creator, too).

Procrastination abuses the gift of time by paying so little attention that we can't even worship the Creator.

So, what are you doing with time? What's the happy medium between these two in a busy life?