Kairos Time

Kairos Time


We are in the midst of summer and I think half way though the year may be a good time to republish a great blog post that was posted on New Year’s Day! This is a guest post written by Tracy Clifton and originally published January 1, 2013.

For most of us, New Year’s Day isn’t just about parties or buying a new calendar – it’s also when we give a lot of thought towards the concept of time, whether to exclaim that it has flown by as another year has passed, or to make resolutions about how we’d like to spend our time in the upcoming year. Time is on everyone’s minds as we try to find more and more of it each year, storing up minutes and hours and trying to squeeze the most amount of time into each day, so that we feel like we’ve lived a life fulfilled.

Did you know, however, that the Greeks had two different definitions for time? One was Chronos – the sequential passing of time, from seconds to minutes to hours and so forth – but the second definition recognized a more spiritual passing of time: Kairos. Greek philosophers defined Kairos as “the appointed time in the purpose of God,” and Kairos was referenced in the New Testament when Jesus stated, “The time [Kairos] is fulfilled, and the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” When we measure our life in terms of Kairos time, we can see that it’s full of blessings that are constantly unfolding, regardless of the so-called limitations of chronological time.

Many of us have experienced this at some point in our lives: in the midst of busy daily activity we are suddenly offered a momentary glimpse of how blessed and beautiful and ordered our lives truly are, and time slows as we become fully aware of God’s presence in each and every aspect of our lives. Gratitude fills our hearts, and we take deeper breaths and surer steps before moving along with our day. We’ve experienced Kairos time – God’s time.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science and the author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, also seemed to truly grasp the concept of Kairos time, noting that, “Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded.” She showed us a clearer and more spiritual way for us to measure how fulfilled our lives really are, free of boundaries and the fear that time will pass us by. God is not limited by time, and neither are we as God’s children.

So this year, as I make my New Year’s Resolutions, I will be resolving to take better care of my spiritual health – by being more aware that time, like all things, belongs to God, and that I’m just as unable to “run out” of time as I am to run out of God’s infinite blessings. I hope you’ll join me in resolving to have a great deal many more Kairos moments in 2013.

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  1. Judy says

    Thanks for this valuable reminder. I completely agree – this needs to be a high priority.

  2. Bill Priest says

    This post is most important to all people, regardless of religion. It’s not so important how much time is in your life, but rather how much Life is in your time.

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  4. Sue says

    Thank you Don for republishing this article. I missed it earlier.
    What a great thought to measure time as “the appointed time in the purpose of God”. I thought of an example of this in my experience. Often when I have a few moments while waiting for a street signal to turn green or having something in the microwave warming up, I use those few intervening moments to pray for the world acknowledging God’s love and presence rather than tapping my toe waiting for time to pass.. Lots of opportunities during the day working in the purpose for God. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Susan Y. Berry says

    I have had experiences where chronological time did indeed become Kairos time! When i was a college student, i overslept on the day of a crucial exam. It seemed humanly impossible to be at the exam many miles away. Doors would be closed to latecomers. I put my full trust in God’s ability to take care of the situation. I did not speed, yet covered the long distance in time to take the test!

  6. Lani says

    “The appointed time in the purpose of God.” What a beautiful thought. It sounds like asking, “what should I do now, God.” Every day there is a to do list longer than can possibly be completed in 24 hours, so asking, “what should I be doing right now,” has become a fixed part of my day. This blog helped me to see that all the “to dos,” even those that seemingly are so important and seemingly really must be done, all have their time and purpose in God’s appointed time. With that, I can know that I am always safe, and so are all those who seemingly rely on what I do or don’t do. There is no stress in that. A troubled mind and wearied body relax and find peace. Thought is calmed. Heath is restored.