Kairos : Timing Is Everything
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Life Happens at the Right Time
Timing is everything. Our lives revolve around time. No matter how many other things we can increase; whether it be possessions, knowledge, abilities, or even spirituality, the only thing we cannot grow is our time. Time is limited. We only have a certain amount of time in a day, month, or year, but each of us has a specific amount of it, until it is no more. The only thing is, we have no idea how much time we have left to live. Which is precisely why how we spend it is very important.
Ground Zero: Time Is Not Against You
Have you ever been in a situation where it just seems like all the cards are stacked against you? Like you're doing all of the right things, but things
just don't feel like they are getting any better. At points they may even be getting worse? Like you aren't sure why God is taking so long to answer what you have faithfully been asking for? Timing is everything in life, but not all timing is God's.
The Logical Explanation of Problem Solving Looks Like This....
Define Problem -> Identify Solutions -> Implement Action = Solved Problem
Sound familiar at all? We ask "Just why am I not where I need to be?" We tell ourselves that we can fix our problems by working hard to find the resolution. If we are honest, most of us know it's not always that simple.
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." - 2 Peter 3:8
Where are You?
A million reasons can be given why things are the way they are. Where we are in our life is determined by us, no one else. Our actions do impact our situation. Others actions can also impact our situation, but these can only define us if we chose to let them. These things will only have power in our lives as long as we allow them to, but be certain that the longer they are allowed to continue the stronger they grow and the harder it can be to free ourselves of this mindset. We will never be able to fully control things around us, but instead we can learn to control ourselves in the process and alter how we act in the future.
How our children treat not only other people, but also how they treat each other, is a direct correlation of the example that we lay before them. The standards we place in front of them through our actions speak so much louder than our words ever could. This holds true in every interpersonal relationship in our lives.
How we allow others to act towards us and around us is controllable by us also, unless in extreme situations. If we tolerate bad behavior and bad treatment, the offenders are a mere catalyst to show us the wrongs in the situation in which we need to head the warning signs in order to change. We cannot blame the offenders for their actions toward us if we don't make our limits plain to them. We need to set standards for ourselves, boundaries, to keep us moving in positive directions in our lives and with others. There is only one that knows our minds without us speaking them. No matter how well we know others, we cannot expect them to just know how we feel, they are not mind readers.
The Flip Side
Many of the reasons behind our current situation have a duel meaning in our lives. They possess both positive and negative qualities. No matter our interpretation of them, they are simply reasons. Typically they are results from previous decisions or actions we have made, nothing more. We must evaluate them and refine our future actions through them. Use them, in turn, as motivations to move forward instead of letting them define our future for us. This the key to unlocking the next door in our lives, is timing and recognizing our current position and how to adapt ourselves to create an improved state. BE the change you aim to create. Our viewpoint of these reasons is up to us how we construe them and consequentially the outcomes they affect.
God does not always show us the why behind things. Even if the answers are right before our eyes in plain sight, we do not always see them. Once we develop ourselves farther, we tend to realize whatever we were aiming for was actually inside us all along, it was just waiting for the right time to surface. We could not have unlocked it any sooner, hadn't we known what we now know. The answers are not always hidden, more than likely we just haven't uncovered them in our lives because we are still in the developmental stage.
Now is the Time to Act
If we are honest, we are all still learning to obey God. It can be easy to repeat the mistake of thinking we can control everything by working hard and trying harder. Trusting God's timing means everything. The truth is that it is actually God's job and He alone can make things we have been struggling with for a lifetime happen in an instant when we follow His lead. When we heed that still small voice the world is trying to drowned out. God does require us to act, but these actions should be motivated through Him, not the world around us. I am so thankful to have a Father who loves me enough to be patient with me through all of my processes and surrounds me as I proceed because doing things alone is a much heavier burden than I can bear.
Ever hear anyone ever say 'If only I knew then what I know now?' Perhaps we have even said it ourselves. If our reasons are positive and producing fruit in our lives then we are doing a great job! Time to pat ourselves on the back and keep growing. If they are negative, it is simply time to stop and speak to God about what is going on! Let Him tell us what He needs us to hear, not what we think we do. How we envision things to be is very different than seeing them in faith.
The Ancient Greeks had two ways of describing time. Chronos and Kairos. Both were equally important, but distinctively different. Chronos was used to describe chronological time, is was marked in sequence and is also where we get our modern day clocks from. Kairos was used to describe the right timing, the exact moment in time that has nothing to do with order, but rather the concept of things happening at the exact moment we are ready for them to happen.
Time does affect us in both ways, but be assured that things only happen when we are ready for them and that the wisdom we are seeking along the way gets us there. Until that time we will remain where we are in our lives until we decide to move and if we want that moment to be groundbreaking, we will move in faith not just in sight. Remember that faith is belief in something unseen. God calls us to repent, which is also comes from another Greek word, metanoia, which literally means to change our minds and our direction. Instead of worrying about where we are, if we change our focus the timing will become the right moment. Just don't forget that growth always takes time and if you are stuck where you are at it is simply time to refocus on God.
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (change). - 2 Peter 3:9
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