“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, … What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-5, 9-11, NIV)
Last week we focused upon the need to eliminate hurry from life. But how does one choose what activities to drop, what requests to say no to, and what new things to take on? These questions will be with us for the duration of our lives, but part of the answer lies in discerning the difference between different aspects of time and how we deal with it.
Graham Tucker, the past leader of the King-Bay Chaplaincy in downtown Toronto, in his book, It’s your life: Create a Christian Lifestyle, articulates some important principles for us as we seek to be better stewards of time.
“It may help us to make the best use of our time if we reflect on some different ways of understanding it. The Bible uses several different words to describe time: the two most significant words are chronos and kairos. From chronos we get our concept of chronological or measured time – duration. …kairos means ‘the time of opportunity or fulfillment’. Today, when we talk about doing things at the right time, we are talking about kairos. The distinction is that kairos relates to the content of time, the thing that is happening in time, rather that duration or length of time…
Thus, life is an unfolding of opportunities in their time and our response to them. We are called to be opportunists for God. Life takes on a sense of excitement and expectancy when we develop a sensitivity to the ‘times’ in which we live, and to the times when the moment is right for action or silence.” (p. 155)
As you consider the season of life that you are in, as you consider your calendar and how best to manage your time, the main thought I would put before you today is this. Is there an opportunity or fulfillment from God (kairos) that you are missing because you have become entrapped in the relentless duration of time (chronos) or the tyranny of the urgent? Does your calendar of responsibilities truly reflect what you know to be important, or has it been hijacked by what others want you to do?
In the current season of your life, are there activities that you should drop? Are there opportunities that you need to engage?
As you prayerfully consider some answers, share them with your Corpath Forum & other loved ones who know you well to receive their counsel.
© John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums