Slipping Through our Fingers

It is very common for people to begin by saying that we are all given the same amount of time each week. That’s really a myth. The parent of a child with special needs, a person caring for an aging parent, a person who has physical or emotional or financial limitations does not see time in the same way someone else might. Some people have more demanding jobs than other people. So comparing ourselves with others is a non-starter. We have to view time in a different manner.

I’m going to work with two New Testament concepts of time—chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to linear or chronological time. Kairos refers to “the appointed time.”

If we simply live by the schedule, time is a frustratingly limited resource. But if we lay our time-sensitive priorities in God’s hands, we begin to see things differently. 

Steven Covey refers to this as living by the compass rather than the calendar.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

“Managing time is truly a ridiculous notion. You cannot manage time any more than you can manage the wind. What you can do is make choices in each moment that have a powerful impact on your outcomes.” — Hilary Barnett