Kairos is a Greek word.
Kairos is different from Chronos (i.e., Chronology).
Chronos is concrete.
It is a human attempt to systemize the order of God’s creation.
It is a human attempt to measure time in an orderly fashion so we can create a schedule, work on our achievements by making plans, and reach our goals effectively.
It is really valuable in our hands if we use it well.
Chronos is determined by the flesh.
Kairos is abstract.
It refers to the appointed time, the right time, the fullness of time, and the time of opportunity for action or change. In theology, it is to describe the qualitative form of time. Sometimes we say, “Oh, this is my day! I got it!” for unexpected things happen, and we love to have it.
The tragedy of being ignorant of our Kairos is that when it is over, it is over. One of our windows of destiny that was offered would be closed. The river will never be in the same place twice. The Kairos moment may never return again!
Have you ever watched the drama & romance movie “Serendipity?” It is about a small event that can probably change your life!
We often get caught up with chronos and rarely discern the Kairos moment.
We tend to be unconscious of our Kairos moments, having no idea when our time arrives or our time to change begins. We have no idea how blessed we are as persons—as the ones who have so many blessings!
We tend to be unconscious to connect to our inner movement. The awareness to experience the love around us is really important. That God, The Ultimate Power, had and has been touching us at every moment and every event personally, when we wake up in the morning, when we close our eyes at night, and even when we are in our deep sleep.
Hope we are more than these simple experiences:
[Jeannette opens her senses to the presence of God. Waking up in the morning. Saying thank you for the blessing of the new day. Washing her face with warm water, then brushing her teeth. Doing some little makeup. Then, drinking a cup of tea. Sitting on her porch, watching the sunrise for a couple of minutes. Walking with her Debbie, a little cutie Yorkie puppy girl, through the valley, passing a beggar on the street. Helping an old lady crossing the busy morning street. Returning back home. Nursing her baby. Teaching her boy to tie a shoe. She smiles when she sees how different her boy is from one day to another. Watching mindfully how much her boy had grown up! Working in the shelter. Helping to cook for the homeless! Listening to the wounded one who needed to be listened to. Taking some time for herself, sitting in her own space/gap. Reading the scripture. Experiencing the meaning of being and being peaceful in silence. Jeannette makes herself ready to catch her Kairos.]
How far have you prepared for your personal Kairos! You need “Chronos” to form the new chapter of your life! Here and NOW.
DR. Rony Kusnadi Ph.D., LCPC
Notable Life Counseling Services LLC