Most of my life has felt like some period of waiting.
Waiting is a part of life. It has slowly taught me to be a little more patient (okay, not really…). Looking back over my life though, I have missed out on so much. God has presented me with opportunities that I have completely lost out on because I was living in anticipation of the next moment.
Jason Miller, Pastor of South Bend City Church, preached the last few weeks on the Greek words for time: chronos and kairos.
Chronos: a time frame to get through
Kairos: time full of potential, present time
I often live my life in chronos time. I just get through one moment to get to the next. But what if I started living in kairos time? What if I lived every moment as if it was a gift from God and it could be a worthwhile moment full of purpose and potential?
Yesterday morning, I was serving in the lobby at my church literally moments after listening to Jason preach about this idea. A lady walked up I had never seen before. She asked me a few questions and we talked for a few minutes. I was supposed to be in a classroom of 5th and 6th graders but I was slightly more self-aware and chose to live in the moment. I’m so glad I did because not only was I able to answer all of her questions and get her signed up to serve with us, but I got to find out a little bit about her.
I have learned a lot in the last few months about being more relational. It is still a challenge for me sometimes to not whiz right by people and through conversations.
I am in another season of waiting right now. I’m waiting on an answer about an unlikely adoption, waiting to move, waiting on test results and waiting to launch a new business and waiting on a new job. Lots of waiting. It’s easy to focus on what is missing and get caught up in the anticipation of what’s next, but I think I’ll choose to be fully present in the exact place God has me right now. And to understand that what feels like emptiness is actually full of potential. Every moment. Every second of the waiting is an opportunity because God is in it.
The Bible teaches us so much about stewardship. It is so normal for us to focus on stewardship of our finances, but God deeply wants us to be wise with all of our resources – our money, our time, our talent, our relationships and our dreams. And before He will trust us with more, we have to be wise with what we have.
This week, I want to focus on being a good steward of my time.
What resource is God inviting you to live fully present in right now?
Jason Miller, Pastor of South Bend City Church, has preached on this idea of living fully in the moment during a series called A Day in the Life at Cross Point Church. You can hear his messages on the church’s website.