I am approximately 4.37 years old.

I have no responsibilities. I am fed, washed and clothed regularly. I do not need to work, or pay taxes. Girls and all of their mysterious contradictions, are still beyond my radar interception range. I owe no one anything and the passage of time is of no import or consequence to me. I can go toe to toe with time, and stare it down. Life is good.

If I lived on Jupiter.

In actuality, I am 51 years, 11 months and 5 days old, by Earth reckoning. Time references take on drastic forms if you could ever imagine surviving Jovian atmospheric influences of 400 mph winds pushing methane, ammonia, and hydrogen sulphide gases up your nose. Because of it’s rotation speed, a single day on Jupiter is less than 10 hours. Since one year on Jupiter is 11.86 Earth years, I will celebrate my 5th Jovian birthday in 2020. Therefore, in an effort to maintain the illusion of vigorous youthfulness, I proclaim myself a toddler. Just not on earth.

That’s the funny thing about time. When mixed with astronomical scales of distance, it can be the most elusive of resources; especially when viewed from an earthly perspective. This most often brings us to the point of desperation. When time flies; or just plain runs out, we discover anew, just how constrained by it we are. Most of us are afraid to admit it, but we feel in bondage to time.

So, where does this nebulous constant with wings actual go? I think a more appropriate query should be, where does it come from? It seems to flow in the blink of an eye. In my opinion, the bottom line is this; be good stewards of whatever time you have been allotted.

Redeeming time is not always a given and in most instances, if truth be told, it is often a one shot deal. Do not dwell on what is past. Concentrate on what is before you now and wherever possible celebrate life to the fullest.

2nd Peter 3: 8-9 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.