I once attended a time management seminar in church and one of the definitions of time is that "time is a measure of change."
Strange. So, if something doesn't change, does that mean time has stopped?
But that's an interesting premise.
If you don't change, does that mean time has moved for you? If you live 70 years yet didn't change for the last 20 years, does that mean you've only lived a 50 year life diluted over 70 years?
Therefore, a person can live a 70 year lifetime within the timespan of 33 if he has changed enough things, himself and the world around him. And a person can live a "short life" of 30 years over 70 if he never changed for the last 40.
A tagline in one of the Command & Conquer songs I listen to during jogging is: "If we want to live in a different world, we must take action."
Most change in our lives must be initiated by us. Yes, our parents, bosses can change the external things like home, or school, the economy may buoy our fortunes up. But change in our attitudes, our perceptions, whether we love people more... these are changes that only we can make for ourselves. No one can make us a better lover, a better friend, a better boss, a better salesperson, a better programmer, a better student, a better entrepreneur, a better strategist, a better Christian, gain a better body, etc. We have to make that change ourselves.
In order to direct change, we must have a direction. We must have a goal of how and in what way we want to change. We must have a vision.
That is why goals are important. Goals are directional markers for us in life. Life is dynamic. Chronological time is always flowing, goals direct our attention and effort and focus our energies towards creating change in our lives.
The greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. Chronos is chronological time, the ticking of the clock. Kairos are moments of change. E.g. Jacob becoming Israel. Moses from shepherd to leader.
Some change is big, almost like a transfiguration. Some change is done in bite sized pieces. Welcome both types.
Change is difficult. Change can be uncomfortable. But if we want to live in a better world, a different world from what we know of, we must have change.
If we don't change... we are diluting our lifetimes. In the end, we may only live a 30 year lifetime in a 70 year old body.