Leap Seconds

We all know how leap year works. But did you know there is a leap second?

Our current time system differs from solar time about 15 seconds every century. To correct that differential, the International Telecommunication Union, which is the world timekeeping authority, has on 24 occasions added another second in the year to keep things in sync.

However, at their 2012 meeting in Geneva, the ITU proposed eliminating the leap second saying the confusion it caused just wasn’t worth it since the high tech atomic clocks of our day had to be manually reset to accommodate the extra second. They noted this is a costly practice which boosts the risk of human error.

Just imagine how much time, energy, and money has been devoted to calculating that one leap second, just because someone was so focused on getting everything “in sync” with the sun. Then consider that as a picture of the Christian who strives for perfection to get his schedule in sync with God’s will so he’ll redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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