Thinking Out Loud

April 23, 2009

Driving Against The Clock

Filed under: Christianity, family — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 2:57 pm

whatever-nexxt-clockFor some reason, it seems that every time we get in the car to go somewhere we are in a hurry.    The digital clock on the dashboard is a reminder that in order to get where we need to be on time, we really need to push it.   We call this situation, “Driving against the clock.”

First of all, I know some of you are thinking, “You need to ‘back-time’ your trips.”  Be assured, I am the master of back-timing.   I lay in bed at 4:00 AM thinking of what events need to take place before we leave and set the target departure time accordingly.

But then some of you are thinking, “In addition to ‘back-timing’ it, you need to also add a ‘buffer zone,’ some additional margin for unexpected delays.”  This is also good advice and we do that also.   Frankly, I’d rather arrive relaxed ten minutes early than be rushing in late.

Of course, some of you will say, “In addition to ‘back-time’ and ‘buffer zone,’ you need to analyze what throws you off your targets.   Are the events you need to do before you leave given sufficient time?   Should you set a larger buffer margin?”   These are good questions, perhaps you should go into the time management business.   Trust me, I’ve done the analysis and the problem is always something different every time.

Finally, some of you will dissect my original statement and say, “Obviously the problem is that you are driving against the clock; you need to let your wife drive and be free of the responsibility and pressure that comes with being the driver.”   While my wife will agree with this, and whereas it sounds good in theory; in practice I am a more restless and impatient passenger than I am a restless and impatient driver.   Being the driver at least keeps my hands and eyes busy.

Some day perhaps, I will ask God a question.   I’ll set it up by mentioning that in American football (for you Brits, it’s the one we play with a rugby-shaped ball) there are 50 yards on either side of the field.   In Canadian football there is an extra ten yards due to a “Center yard line;” though it’s probably spelled “Centre yard line.”   So my question would be, “Why couldn’t there have been a center-hour; midway through the day, that was neither morning nor afternoon, but a middle hour just for people like me to catch up?

At that point, He will probably look around and ask if anyone else has any questions.

So what have we learned today?   At the end of the day, we’re rarely late for anything.   That’s good, I suppose.   We just arrive totally frazzled.

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Today’s Bonus — The Shack: Some Balanced Comments

With all The Shack-bashing taking place online, I thought posting links to these two reviewers would provide a bit of balance:
Well known blogger C. Michael Patton at Parchment and Pen
along with 63 comments and over 200 comments respectively

1 Comment »

  1. Ah I love the clock

    Like the terms too…”back-time” and “buffer zone”. We too are often arriving frazzled and often a titch late. Like you say, we try to cut down on the predicatble things (like no one took the dog out before we all leapt in the car)

    Now for the shack…it’s all in how you read it. I had to do a review of the book for a Christian Homeschooling Blog. My view was that it was really great for getting me to think outside the box. The author doen’s claim to be writing a new gospel or outlining theology. He wanted people to stretch a little and to that I say “Mission Accomplished”

    Comment by Cynthia — April 23, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

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