Wednesday, January 02, 2013

one little word...2013

My word for last year was "hope". I don't think I am quite done focusing on that word yet....but still wanted to add a new word for this year since I have enjoyed focusing on a word each year instead of making traditional New Year's resolutions. So this year the word that popped into my head was kairos. I remembered learning about it at certain points in my life, but especially when I was in college and I volunteered with some women from the church I was attending to do prison ministry. That ministry was called Kairos and they did some training about prison ministry and talked about why their organization chose that name - this was an obviously rough time in the women's lives that we were going to see in prison...but God could still step in and redeem that time and make it kairos time for them.

Wiki defines: 
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 between, a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens. What the special something is depends on who is using the word. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative nature.[1] Kairos (καιρός) also means weather in both ancient and modern Greek. The plural, καιροι (kairoi or keri) means the times.
rhetoric kairos is "a passing instant when an opening appears which must be driven through with force if success is to be achieved."[2]
In the New Testament kairos means "the appointed time in the purpose of God", the time when God acts (e.g. Mark 1.15, the kairos is fulfilled). It differs from the more usual word for time which is chronos (kronos).
This year is going to be much different than I thought it would be. We are in a very different location and point in our lives than we planned. But I am still looking forward to seeing how it will become kairos time for us. 

And I love this blog post about kairos where the author says that kairos is the one Greek word that everyone ought to knowSeriously - check out that blog post - I was really tempted to copy the whole thing over here since the whole post is that good. But I'll just put a little of it here and encourage you to check out the rest (it's not even a long post):
Kairos is pregnant time, the time of possibility – moments in our day, our week, our month, our year or our lifetime that define us. It is a crossroads. It has the ripe opportunity to make you bitter or better. It is a teachable moment. It is the right or opportune moment. They are rarely neutral and always leave an impact on us. 
Kairos moments are a string of moments that possess possibility – clarity brought on often by pain, uncertainty or crisis. They force us to be absolutely present: to ourselves, to God and to the experience of reality that we’re facing. 
As human beings, all of our growth happens in kairos moments.

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