In our culture we have a linearly chronological concept of time; the time we are most consumed and absorbed with are the tangible minutes, hours, months and years. With each 60 seconds, a minute passes, with each 60 minutes, an hour. We have been conditioned to view time conservatively, as something that we have absolute control over. In today’s culture, we treat time as though it were enslaved to us, something to be put into a box and lorded over. The ancient Greeks viewed time differently. Instead of just viewing time linearly and chronologically, they also viewed time through the lens of kairos.
A kairotic view focuses not on measurable time, but on the importance of specific moments. Kairos can be thought of as a moment in time in which the opportunity is ripe for the picking. Kairos was something that was so important and essential to the Greeks that they made him a god. They depicted Kairos as having a beard that cascaded down from his face to his feet, and long hair. Kairos was unique in that his hair hung down in front of his face, and that he remained bald in the back of his head. They depicted him this way because if Kairos were walking toward you on the road, you would have to snatch him by his hair and beard while you saw him coming. If he passed you, you would never again have the opportunity to “catch him.” That perfectly illustrates the way that the ancient Greeks viewed time in the sense of Kairos; seize opportunity while it is still in front of you or else you will absolutely lose your chance to prosper and flourish from whatever the moment had to offer.
Our time here at Link Year is undeniably made up of minutes, hours, days and weeks; however, if we are able to step back and look at these 9 months in the grand scheme of our lifetime, and eternity we will understand exactly why the Greeks transformed a way of viewing time into a god. These moments have the potential to be pivotally life changing. If we choose to seize the kairos of the moment by the beard we will create authentic, lasting relationships with the brothers and sisters around us; we will thrive in this safe place and absorb as much knowledge as possible. If we truly grasp and appreciate a kairotic view of time, then we will take hold of these 9 months and wring them dry, begging our God to rain down His Grace and Glory, making an eternal impact on our lives.