Kairos Moments

In the Bible, there are two main words for time. The first is chronos – something we see appear in English words like “chronology.” Chronos is clock time; it’s minutes and hours and days. Chronos happens like clockwork (literally), for it is the regular passing of seasons and times. 

The other word for time that we see in scripture is kairos. Unlike chronos, kairos isn’t that interested in the clock; it’s focused on the content. Kairos doesn’t so much measure time, as it makes use of time. Kairos is finding meaning in the minutes; it’s seeing (and making) purpose in this time, this moment, this now.

Why the Greek lesson? It’s because our mentors make use of chronos AND kairos. Mentoring begins this week at schools throughout Oldham County, and each week our mentors have a chronos moment on the calendar. If they have committed to be at the school on Wednesday at 1:00, well, then that’s the chronos moment when their mentees and the schools expect them to show up. And, of course, it’s really important for our mentors to be there; showing up is the first half of the commitment they have made.

However, it’s possible to keep the chronos commitment, but miss the kairos moments. For mentoring isn’t just about taking the time, it’s about making use of the time. It’s about being there, yes; but, even more, it’s about being fully there, ready to love, listen, and encourage. Chronos is about being there, but kairos is about being ready to engage the students, right where they are. 

So, remember our mentors as they connect this week with their students. Pray that in the midst of chronos time, they will experience kairos moments, too.

By | 2018-09-10T19:01:18+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Public School Outreach|0 Comments

Craig’s Story

Craig Peterhansen answered the call to mentor four years ago in the early pilot days of implementing our mentor program in the Oldham County School District. Take a look at how one step of faith impacted his life.

“Like any opportunity to serve, I fully believe you get back far more than you can pour into it.  The mentoring program has been a great example of this. Since having a little faith to step up and be a part of this effort, I have clearly been blessed.  Serving these young men by participating in this important program has strengthened my ability to listen, has shaped my understanding of how to share a message of hope, and has taught me how to trust the Lord’s plans for my life and for the kids. These lessons have been beneficial across my life.

I also have learned that when kids begin to trust you and openly communicate with you, and when they understand you care for them without judging them, then real changes can occur.  They can begin to believe that they have an opportunity for a future, that by making better decisions will lead to a better result for them, and that their situation or their past does not have to define their future! I have learned many boys face some tremendous challenges and who better to walk beside them than men of faith. Who better to show integrity, empathy and love? So, my question to the men out there would be–why not you and why not now?

I believe that the time we spend planting and water these seeds with the kids, will reap a harvest one day.  I understand I may not always see it, but I have faith that God will use our efforts at His perfect time to make a difference in a life, just as he has done with mine.”

If God is tugging at your heart to pour into the lives of at-risk youth, contact us at Denise@TheHopeCollaborative.org to learn how you can get involved.

By | 2018-07-30T14:41:46+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Public School Outreach|0 Comments