Christmas

December 8, 2012 at 03:05 pm

A number of weeks have passed since my last blog post. The other day I was thinking about the passage of time. After Thanksgiving break, people said "Only 2.5 weeks to go!" One year is only 52 weeks long. Every week is 1/52 of a year. Try to enjoy all of them.

Last week, my brother and I went to a math colloquium. We stayed afterwards and listened to the guy talk. He mentioned that while he was at Walla Walla he took it for granted how amazing the school was. He went on to other colleges and realized that Walla Walla had amazing professors and a great atmosphere. Since Walla Walla is an Adventist university, some professors are here because of that religious affiliation even though they could get far more money at another university. God is more important to them than money.

I walked around campus last night for a few hours taking some photos. I have this thing for night shots. Since photography is all about the reflection and emission of light, lighting of a scene makes all the difference. Walla Walla is filled with brightly colored lights this time of year.

WWU Administration Building and Sign with Christmas Lights

I like to do everything. The only dilemma is that I lack time to learn how to do everything. I like music, art, math, science, physics, chemistry, technology, nature, ... but there are only 24 hours in a day. How am I supposed to learn everything? Right after concluding that everything in life is meaningless, Solomon stated:

"The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body." ~ Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 NIV

It's not only in the modern day that there is too much than can be learned. Youth in Solomon's day also wearied themselves with much study. He concludes:

"... here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil." ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV

Above all, I should seek God first. I can't know it all, but with what little time I have to learn, I should learn what is important first.

WWU Christmas Tree

It's soon to be Christmas. As we walk around bombarded with all the advertising, all the lights, the Santa Clauses... Remember that you have limited time on this earth. Make the most of every minute. There is a lot to learn, but you should put the most time into what matters most. Don't forget what Christmas is about.