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Kairos Moments – Seeing and Responding to Them

When I was watching filmmaker William Hoffman’s video – What is in a moment? I was reminded again of what we at Kairos Los Angeles call kairos moments.  First check out this brief but powerful clip, and then I will give a short thought about kairos moments.

    Moments from Everynone on Vimeo.

The word kairos is used over 90 different times in the New Testament and having varying shades of meaning.  The Greeks had two words for time.  Chronos, where we get chronology from. This meant linear time – the days, weeks, months and years.  And then there were the kairos moments, divine moments.  Kairos moments are those moments of epiphany, small or large that cause us to make decisions that shape our destiny.

Leonardi da Vinci once reflected that the average human “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking. He could have added, “and lives without sensing the importance of time.”

Kairos moments may be monumental, or they may be mundane, for God even speaks through a whisper. They may be moments of great joy, or they may be moments of great sorrow. Seeing your kairos moments in one thing, responding to them is yet another.  We respond to them by asking ourselves, what is God saying to me in the moment, and how does he want me to respond? The ability to see and respond to our kairos moments in life is one of the paths to maturity.  So what has been your kairos moment recently and how have you responded to it?


10 Responses to Kairos Moments – Seeing and Responding to Them

  1. Scott says:

    Thanks JR – today, I needed this reminder of God’s relational movement and activity in the ordinary defining events of every day that redefine us in Him. Grace brother…

  2. Ben Sternke says:

    Love this – this is the main thing we do now in our discipleship groups. Discern and respond to kairos moments. Accountably. In community.

  3. Dustin James says:

    That was awesome! Thanks for sharing…

  4. Joey says:

    This is strong. I am going to share it with my equipping team and community facilitators. Thank you.

  5. JR Woodward says:

    Scott,

    Glad you found the reminder helpful.

    Ben,

    That is cool.

    Dustin,

    You are welcome.

    Joey,

    Cool. Spread the word.

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  7. Colin Machan says:

    Good blog entry, found this tonight. Thanks for your words. I have just been considering just this very thing over the past few days. God is good. Blessings C

  8. JR Woodward says:

    Colin,

    Cool. Glad it blessed you. Peace.

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