Thursday, September 20, 2012


The Greek word, chronos means normal time; the time that goes by every day; moment by moment; the clock ticking.

Kairos, however, is something different; kairos is dynamic, important, specific, crucial moments that happen within chronos.

An easier way to understand it, would be to say that chronos is historical time. And kairos is historic time. Your historical time is your history; everything that has every happened to you. Historic time is the time that is really remembered and honored (or else, hidden away in a dark corner of our minds in a vain attempt to forget.) Both weddings and funerals are historic.

The historic events in each of our histories are what define us. The revelations, the "eureka!" moments, the tears, the partings, the friends we make, the important chapters or paragraphs in our stories: those are the things that shape us into the people we are. Sometimes shaping is painful. Sometimes things we like have to be cut away. But shaping (through the historic things that happen to you) makes you into what God wants you to be.

God holds both chronos and kairos (historical and historic times) for all of history in his hand. He has your story written out. It's been written since before time even existed. Now, at this moment. . . and this moment. . . and this one, you are living that story. Every breath you take, every word you say, every choice you make (good and bad), every life you touch, everything you mess up on, and everything you succeed in, every smile and every tear; with every moment that passes, and each historic event that occurs, you are living out your story and your purpose. And your story continues, as the historical times come, and, like a vapor, are gone, you are a page closer to your final purpose.

Christians all have new lives in Christ. We've been adopted into the King's family and now we are joint-heirs with his Son. And yet, you still are your history. The life you have lived and the choices you have made determine a good part of who you are today. You still carry the "old man" with you until you die. Your sins have been washed away, but you still remember the stain. And it still has an effect on you. We all must live with our pasts. But, that doesn't mean that we should live in fear, or in shame, because our Father has everything under control. He has your future written. You just have to live it. It may not be something safe, and that is a risk you have to be willing to take. . . but it is most definitely something good.

"There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace...
....He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." -Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11

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