Out of Time

Why I Wear an Analog Grovemade Watch

A picture of the Walnut Watch 01 taken while driving.

Time is a precious thing, although we often don’t see it as precious. Through it we experience heights of great joy and depths of great sorrow. It is said to be the great equalizer—every human being is meted out the same 24 hours in every day.

And yet in modern society, time is a thing that we strangely give too little regard. We discard it freely, and consume it readily—all at the same time.

Maybe that’s what I’ve been enthralled with things that take incredible time and depth to produce (like a Bible project that took a person 2+years to bring to life, or a dictionary 15 years in the making, or a single cup of coffee that takes around 20 minutes to pour).

These anomalies are so enigmatic and effusive to me particularly because they are so scarce in our day. So much of our progressive culture of consumption is gear around mass-production and consumption without regard for the investment of energy, passion and soul that went into bringing it to life.

Which brings me to God.

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Each moment we are given is precious. We don’t know when our last breath will be. We are simply given every day to make the most of it.

God wants depth as much as He does breadth—in our work, our families, our lives.

So why do I wear an analog Grovemade watch? Because I want to be reminded that there are things of value that take time to create, and that it is worth it to take the time in order to enjoy the fullness of life that we were given to experience.

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