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.