A cool new product inspired today’s word-of-the-week…
Ever heard of a “slow watch“?
It’s a real thing. Basically it’s a 24-hour watch with a single hand. The idea is that we don’t need to know the time down to the minute and second. So if we wear a watch that doesn’t measure life in small increments, perhaps we’ll slow down and make time for important things.
It’s kind of a a cool idea, and I suspect that a slow watch would be a great conversation starter. However, since I don’t wear a watch I don’t think I’ll spend a few hundred dollars for a high-tech sun dial.
The slow watch raises a question. What do we lose by chopping our lives up into tiny segments and accounting for every moment?
How often are we too busy for a conversation?
How often do we fill the time with urgent and miss important?
Do we hurry to somewhere that doesn’t really matter and neglect somewhere that does?
Do we pretend that quality time is a substitute for time?
Is God an appointment on our morning calendar rather than a partner throughout our day?
A slow watch won’t trick you or me into re-prioritizing our time. At best it’s a silly reminder that life wasn’t meant to be divided into smaller and smaller chunks in the name of a false sense of efficiency.
Jesus didn’t use a watch or a calendar. He was fully present with the people and tasks before Him. We probably need to learn from His example.
Let’s find some time this week that would be best measured by a “slow watch.”