Living in Kairos

No, Kairos isn’t a place. Well, not exactly.

A friend on Facebook said she was going to spend the next two months with her children and in kairos time. I had to see what she meant so I started searching. Here is some of what I found:

Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.


The Bible uses the word kairos and its cognates 86 times in the New Testament (e.g., in Matthew 8:29;Luke 19:44; and Acts 24:25). The word
often includes the idea of an opportunity or a suitable time for an action to take place. When we “seize the day,” we are taking advantage of the kairos given to us.Kairosis related to the Greek word kara(“head”). Akairosis a time when things “come to a head,” requiring decisive action.

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Some Bible verses with “kairos” in them that I enjoyed.

  • Ro 5:6 ¶ For when we were yet without strength, in due time (kairos) Christ died for the ungodly. {in due time: or, according to the time}
  • Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
    Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time (kairos), because the days are evil.
  • Eph 6:18 Praying always (kairos) with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
  • Col 4:5 ¶ Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time (kairos).
  • 1Pe 4:17 For the time (kairos) is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?quotes-every-moment-eckhart-tolle-600x411

So, I really enjoy word studies. And this one had me intrigued. If you read my last post, you know that I strive to live IN the moment (not FOR the moment) and kairos is basically describing that, in a way. Kairos is a season or an opportunity. Something that is fleeting but not necessarily defined in chronos (chronological time). So when I say I am trying to live in the moment, I am also saying that I am trying to live in kairos. Living in the opportunity, in the season of my life.

This season of my life is different than any season before. I had the season of having young children and I had to take the opportunity (kairos) to teach them, nurture them, and admonish them, during THAT time (kairos). I don’t think I really focused on that season as much as I should have. I had times of focused energy but I got caught up in looking to the future and worrying about the time (chronos) and the season slipped by before I was really fully enjoying it. I will never have that kairos again! Now they are adults, entering into a different season (kairos) of their lives and our relationship has changed. I still love them, but my place in their life changed with the season (kairos).

This season is one of more solitude than I have ever known. I am alone but at the same time, I have found comfort and contentment in the quiet.

It is also a kairos of great independence for me. I have learned to do many new things. I have stepped into and out of roles that I never really imagined I would have. My days (chronos) are often open and unplanned, which is in stark contrast to any other season I have had since adulthood!!

During this kairos, I am fulfilling dreams that I have held close to my heart for most of my life. In the next few weeks, I will publish my first book and plan to soon follow up with others. Often, I have found myself focusing on the chronos of the whole process but when I step back and just look at the opportunity (kairos), I am calmed and at the same time excited for what is happening!!

This kairos is one of renewing, rejuvenating, and expanding my love for my husband. I am able to focus on him more than I have during any other kairos in my life. This kairos is truly a great opportunity and one I do NOT view flippantly. I have loved this man for most of my life and now to get to spend focused, quality time with him on a daily basis is truly AWESOME!! I have learned much about myself and him during this kairos. And it isn’t over yet.

In our lives, when we enter a new stage, we often chafe at the changes we see happening aroualarmclocknd us. We are often annoyed by how long (chronos) events seem to be taking to unfold in our lives. We live focused on the minutes and hours, living in chronos. We forget to live in kairos, the opportunity, the season that we are CURRENTLY in. Our lives are often focused on the 8 hour workday, the errands, the ballgames, the dance recitals, the bills, the future plans, etc. etc. We become so focused on all of those things, the chronos; the season, the opportunity, the kairos gets lost. And if we aren’t careful, we will pass through the season and look back and ask, “Where did that time go? How did my kids grow up so quickly? Why did I worry about everything so much?”

When a season is past, there is no returning to it. Each kairos is unique and unretrievable.







One thought on “Living in Kairos

  1. That’s a wonderful word! I had never heard of Kairos before, but I will ask some of my Greek friends if its usage has persisted to the present day.

    Living in the moment is a task I set myself each day, and often fail at. But the present moment is the only place we can make a difference!




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