Pssst! Hey guys, want to know a secret? Ever wondered why so many women love being pregnant? Though you might consider it presumptuous that I, a man, answer this very female question, I’m actually well able to do so. You see, it is for the same reason that many people find a journey on an airplane to be quite relaxing. Once a TSA agent with the charm of Torquemada has inflicted his attention upon us and once we’ve endured the cattle-slaughter-house-atmosphere of the boarding process, yes, we do find the rest of the trip strangely relaxing.
Even if you do nothing else but read and snooze while on an airplane, you are still advancing towards your objective. Every minute carries you ten miles closer to your destination. To a far greater extent, even if she does nothing but eat and sleep, every minute of pregnancy brings the future mother closer to a transcendent moment.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to simulate this aspect of pregnancy? How gratifying to know that every minute of the day is carrying you closer to your destination. How do we ensure that each moment of our lives is an investment that lasts forever?
Since good endures forever, we need only ask ourselves constantly whether the manner in which we intend spending the next hour is good. Naturally, the term good needs definition. What good means to an ardent Islamic fanatic in Iraq is quite different from what good means to, say, a faithful Christian farmer and family man in Fresno.
From a Biblical perspective, good comprises four categories of action. (i) Improving our relationship with God. (ii) Advancing the interests of our families. (iii) Advancing our financial interests. (iv) Serving the interests of our friends and fellow citizens.
Time and energy invested in these four activities is good, carrying lasting impact, and is thus never wasted.
Ancient Jewish wisdom teaches that the first time in the Torah that a specific letter is used to start a word, that word provides a key to the inner meaning of that initial letter.
Consider the first usage of the word good in Scripture.
And God saw the light, that it was good…
The Hebrew word for good is TOV. Its initial letter Tet is the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, with a numerical value of nine. In ancient Jewish wisdom, the number nine is linked to pregnancy. Since TOV is the first word in the Bible to start with a Tet, it is linked to good.
Tet = 9 = TOV = good = pregnancy
Pregnancy fits all four categories of good actions: (i) becoming a partner in creation with God (ii) family (iii) Having children provides a worthwhile reason for gaining wealth. (iv) A well-raised and productive human being blesses the society into which it is born.
The thirteen verses containing the second appearance of the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-18) contain at least one instance of every single letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Amazingly, the thirteen verses containing the first appearance of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-14) reveal one stunningly conspicuous exception.
The letter Tet is completely absent from the first commandments!
Anything good endures forever, and Moses was destined to cast down and shatter the first two tablets of the Ten Commandments. Had they contained the letter Tet, representing the concept of good, they could not have been destroyed. However, the thirteen verses comprising the second appearance of the Ten Commandments do contain the letter Tet, because these tablets last forever. It is found in the Hebrew word NeTuYaH meaning ‘outstretched’. (Deuteronomy 5:15)
Therefore, in order to avoid a single wasted hour or a single wasted joule of our energy we need to strive to ensure that each waking hour is devoted to serving God, our families, our financial interests and God’s other children.
Failure to do so means looking back at wasted time and effort which can evoke the sensation of sickness of soul similar to the debilitating nausea of the first trimester of pregnancy or of a particularly bumpy plane ride.
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