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0 August 6, TheMessage Monthly- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Stewardship of Time: Returning a portion to God "I'm So Busy!" A fascinating and frightening thing happened recently. Intel Corporation, a leading mannfac- turer of computer chips -- those thumbnail-sized things that make computers work -- announced its latest product. It's called Pentium, and it's five times faster than their previous chip which is known as a "486." Here's the fascinating and frightening part: this tiny machine can perform 100,000,000 program instructions in one second. Yes, that's 100 million in one second. And many of us have tronble getting to the refrigerator and" back during a TV commercial! Time is taking on a totally different meaning in our society today At thesame time technol- ogy is speeding things up and improving the quality of so many products we use to simpli, or bring pleasure to our lives, we seem to have less and less time to do the things we would like to do. Our personal time has become a very precious commodity. In the past, the most frequent topic of conversation was the weather. Today when you greet someone with: "How are things with you," the most common answer is: "I'm so busv!" What are we doing that makes us so busy.'? Two career and single parent families are cer- tainly major contributing factors. And many of us parents think that our children must be ex- posed to every possible organized sport and extra-curricular activity from the moment of birth or they will become social misfits. (Do kids just play and have fun anymore?) I By JUSTIN CLEMENTS I Development Director To get a handle on this "'too busy" phenomenon, let's take a look at "time" from two view- points: 1) how nmch we have, and 2) how much we spend. There are 8,760 hours in a non- leap year. We sleep approxi- nmtely 2.920 hours a year which leaves 5,840. Those of us who have jobs outside the home work a minimum of 2,000 hours a year which leaves 3,840. Eating, personal grooming and other bodily needs take about three hours a day or 1,095 hours a year. In other words, after all our basic survival needs are met, we have about 2,745 hours a year left (7 1/2 hours a day). During those 7 1/2 hours we must perform certain quasi-essential activities: housecleaning, laundry, meal preparation, necessary shopping (as opposed to recreational shopping, repairing leaky toilets, commute to and from work, paying bills and balancing the checkbook. In addition there are many less important activities such as: recreational sfiopping, yard work. reading, watching TV, napping, visiting (in person or on the phone), opening junk mail, vacation and generic "goofing off." Oh yes, we do try to fit in about one hour of church attendance each week. What about some of the ways we spend our time: how much time do we spend? Suppose you are a chronic loser of keys and you -- and probably your entire family -- spend 5 minutes a day looking for your keys. In a ),ear you will have spent 21 hours -- 2 1/2 work days -- look- ing for your keys. If your commute to work takes one-half hour (15 minutes each way), you spend 15 1/2 work (lays or more than three work weeks just driving to and from work each year. If your commute is 30 minutes one way, you spend more than six work weeks commuting annually. Here's a particularly incredible fact. If you watch 2 hours of television daily (1/2 hour of local news, 1/2 hour of national news, and two favorite 1/2 hour sit(:oms), you will watch 728 hours of TV in one year. That is the equivalent of 91 work days, more than 18 work weeks, or watching TV 24-hours-a-day for one entire m on th ! We are understandably very protective of our free time these days. It makes good sense that we carefully select how we spend our time; we consciously or sub-consciously look for activi- ties that give us a good return on our investment of time. Enter stewardship. As Christians, we try to be good and faithful stewards of the gifts God has given us. Our time is one of those gifts since time is the way we measure our life, and our life is certainly a gift from God. Stewardship of Time means that we try to use our time in ways that move us in the right direction on our jour- ney toward salvation and, in gratitude for God's gift of our time, we return a portion to ttim for His work in our world. In the next article in this series, we will take a look at ways we can give some of our time back to God, and the many benefits that being a good steward of our time can bring to us and our relationships. Catholic Foundation adopts new A new logo has been adopted by the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana. Inc. The design includes a col- umn supporting the Catholic Christian symbols of wheat, grapes and the Sacred Scrip- tures. The foundation is a non- profit corporation serving the people of the Diocese of Evansville. It provides a way RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY for individuals, parishes, schools, and other entities to establish endowments. Some examples are listed in a recently published brochure: A couple wants to endow a program that would help the St. Vincent de Paul Soci- ety care for the poor. A parish school board wants to help insure the fu- ture of the parish school. JASPER 482-1200 A parish council wants to endow the maintenance of its church and other buildings. How do the couple, the school board and the t)arish council accomplish their mis- sion? By establishing an en- dowment in the Catholic Foundation. Their money or other gifts will earn money to pay for the ongoing needs they have specified, accord- ing to Justin Clements, dioce- san director of development. 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