Dec 21

Another year over… what have you done?

Recently I watched a movie called “In Time”, which for those of you who recognise it, has Justin Timberlake in it. Of course, he wasn’t the reason why I watched it…

Now just to fill you in on the background of the movie, it revolves around that old saying regarding time – “Time is Money”. The movie is set in a future where time literally is money. People stop aging and getting sick at the age of 25. Instead, people have a clock on their arm which tells them how much time they have left before they spontaneously die. When they work, they get paid in time, e.g. three hours, and when they buy something, they pay in time – I think a cup of coffee was ten minutes. ‘Rich’ people have many hundreds or thousands of years to live, while the ‘poor’ can only live a day or two at a time. As a result, rich people live life very slowly, they walk to places and they drive slowly. Poor people constantly live a hurried life of survival, where they are constantly searching for their next ‘pay’.


Although the movie itself wasn’t that great, it does raise a number of interesting thoughts. What if you could fill a room with everything that you’ve ‘purchased’ with one year of time? What would it be filled with? Did you get your monies worth with what you spent? Just like money, there are many things that we can spend our time on, some are bargains, some are rip-offs and some feel like they’re really worth it. But rather than spending big on earthly treasures, Jesus makes it very clear in Matthew 6:19-24 that we should be storing up treaures for the life where our clock reads “∞“!

As some of us head into holidays and others continue to work, we should always remember that while we don’t have an actual clock, our earthly lives are always ticking away. I can be really lazy sometimes, and it’s often very frustrating, other times however, we need to remember that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). With another year come and gone, we can reflect on what we have done, what we didn’t do and what we can do in the future.

So as we reflect on the past year, I wish everyone a blessed CHRISTmas and a happy New Year! Take care, stay safe and enjoy!

-Tim Fong