One billion seconds ago. . .I was 18. I was just graduating from high school and we were planning our wedding . . .that young buck and I.
With all the discussions of the billions of dollars being spent north and south of the Canadian and American border. . and not trusting my own math skills. . .I found the information in the calculations below. . . its amazing what you can find. . .
1 min = 60 seconds 1 hour = 60 min = 60 x 60 seconds = 3,600 seconds 1 day = 24 hours = 24 x 3,600 seconds = 86,400 seconds 1 year = 365 days = 365 x 86,400 seconds = 31,536,000 seconds To get the number of years for 1,000,000,000 seconds, we just divide 1,000,000,000 by 31,536,000 It should give us : 1,000,000,000 / 31,536,000 = 31.71 years
One billion seconds ago. . .we were one and a half years away from purchasing our first home for $47,000. We carefully budgeted for those mortgage payments and calculated that it would take us the first 25 years of our marriage to pay off that 1050 square foot basement entry home with an unfinished basement.
Since that time we've taken on more debt and our original mortgage seems a dream. Though we may have tacked on a few more zeros to our debt. . .we still intend to pay it off before we retire. . .or get tired.
If a billion seconds ago .. .I was engaged to be married. . .What was happening a billion minutes ago? . . .A billion minutes ago was about 108 AD. .. . not that long after Jesus walked this earth. A billion hours ago. . .was 114,000 years ago. Let us not even bother with a billion hours ago. . .I am beginning to grasp that a "billion". . . . is much more than a million.
Now. ..far be it from me to consider myself an economist or a good "budgeter" for that matter. . .but how long .. .will it take Canada to pay off the $ 4o billion. .. or the new American government to pay off their $900 billion that they hope will stimulate our economies. The lamentable conclusion is seemingly insurmountable. . .
And this. . .my dear ones. . is why I will stick to the simple things that bring me joy. . .for if I think too hard. . . .it hurts my head.
Simply speaking. . .I trust in God. . .and it would bode you well to follow suit. . . Trusting on things of this earth. . .seems precarious at best. Even if the economy and the wise men of the day. . . realize they are in deep
doo doo troubles. . . they seem to have no wise answers.
I believe that the Bible (that predicted terrible troubles on this earth would happen) . . . .is true .. . and I believe that even though many people have chosen to believe that one elected man. . .has the ability to bring hope . . . . I will continue to believe in my heart that the only hope that we have is Jesus Christ. . .who loves me. . .and you. . . and has already paid all your debts.
Celebrating my year of Jubilee. . . .I calculate that I have about 30 coherent years left on this earth. . .and that is likely being generous. . considering how I often forget my pin numbers. . .
Things of this earth will continue to grow strangely dim. . .but eternity will become brighter and brighter. . and I will have life after death. . . . . . . oh that you
could would have that kind of hope. (side note here. . .when our youngest was in kindergarten. . .his teacher asked if I would please quickly scribe a note to send home with the children asking the mothers to send treats for a party. . .I wrote. . ."Could you please send treats?".. . .she corrected me saying that of course they "could". . .all bring treats. . .but "would" they?
A verse that in the the Bible. . .written not that much more than a billion minutes ago. .still has the hope now that it had back then. . .
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son. . .that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. . .John 3:16
Will you please consider what I have said and take stock of what you believe. . .and the hope that your belief provides?