“When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it.” – Lord Kelvin.


Seasonal winds and rains, the flooding of rivers, the flowering of trees and plants, all led to natural divisions of the year. The recognition of the seasons, is the recognition of time, is the recognition of measurements.

Year in and year out; life starts and finishes systemically taking us through a journey. Along the journey we talked about the days making up the weeks, the weeks making up the months and several months making up the year. Until December dawns and quickly vanishes whilst we watch.

Every start in full force, its momentum is to reach the end. All the way from January, the year has its own personal ambitions and vision – to reach December the 31st. Along the way we find ourselves existing around the clock and controlled by time. Only leaving stories and history behind as time celebrates another year, another period, another measure of existence.

Still we keep counting days to weeks to months, all units of time, as the year completes its full rotation with respect to each individual spherical influence. Who doesn’t have a diary? We always do measure our time. Whether it’s a private or public record, every day is timely and lively. That’s why we often succumb to answer, as in answer to the question, “On which day?”

From early years, we learn to keep track of all kinds of things. We often want to be bigger or taller. We can’t wait until that day when we’re finally as tall as an older sibling. We also often keep track of time. Keeping track of birthdays, even half-birthdays? Because when you’re young, there’s a big difference between three and three-and-a-half!

If you stop to think about it for a bit, you’ll realize that measurements surround us from all sides. And guess what? They matter! Measurements are there for a reason.

We measure and keep track of time every minute of the day. Doing those seconds, minutes and hours count? We surely do. If we want to watch our favourite television show, we better know what time it comes on. There are probably very few areas of life that we couldn’t find the relevance of time.

If you don’t think so, just try throwing food in the oven without timing. You might be surprised at what comes out of the oven! Regardless of the environment, if we keep our eyes open, we’ll notice how many areas are affected by measurements of all kinds.

‘’Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.’’ – Zechariah 2:1.

Those who happen to be in woodworking class might remind us why measurements matter. We will probably hear an old proverb: “measure twice, cut once.” This is good, solid advice that we can apply to all the areas of life, not just woodworking. It is always good to have a second glance, or a second thought of understanding.

“Measure twice, cut once” speaks to issues that matter to many aspects of life. Areas of life that needs good preparation and action. Since we all know that acting without thinking can often result in disaster. If we all pick up a piece of wood and just look and start cutting without measuring. It is likely that we end up with a piece of wood that doesn’t suit the intended purpose.

How can you avoid this? Where preparation is possible! Take time to measure more than once. What does that mean? Some things need a sure conviction and trust before we offer a blind eye. Yes! twice before you cut, because you’ll only have to cut once. If it takes time don’t worry. In the end it takes less time to prepare in advance than it does to fix mistakes.

Living in a physical world we need to understand this, as we can’t run away from the complex nature and demands of accuracy, measurement and purpose. Often, we seek and revere precision, and the dominant belief that numbers are what is real is something we can’t run away from. Thinking if we can number it, we make it real. Once made real, it’s ours to manage and control. We increasingly depend on numbers to know how we are doing for virtually everything. How many calories or grams should we eat? What’s the cholesterol reading? We assess one another with numbers. What’s your I.Q.? Your Emotional Intelligence?

It is numbers and only numbers that define and make visible what is real. As most believe that we can only manage what we can measure. Generally, the work of world systems is to interpret and manipulate numeric views of reality.

Just in case we find ourselves creating measures, it might be useful to consider how we want to offer measurement a new job – that of helpful servant. The new-job to promote the use measurement to give us the kind and quality of measure that supports and welcomes people to step forward with their desire to contribute, to learn, and to achieve. The size or amount of something is a defining moment that adds value. Its good to keep measuring what matters.

Measurement is critical to every endeavour. It contributes to those defined purposes. However, most, if not all that is creative, experimental, and the measures developed are often non-traditional. As we, sometimes, find that what was “right” kept changing.