What is the Difference Between Chronos Time and Kairos Time and Where Do You Experience Them?


There are two types of time we find ourselves in.  Chronos time, which is the chronological, ordered time – it is based on seconds, minutes, hours.  Kairos time is the alternative.  This is the time outside of the sequential time we know and live in each day, a time when things of great magnitude or special significance happen.  It’s almost a realm outside of ‘clock-based time’ all together.

Our minds and our bodies dwell in chronos time each and every day.  Here is something someone recently wrote about chronos time as they see it in their own life — it’s one minute at a time, it’s staring down the clock till bedtime time, it’s ten excruciating minutes in the Target line time, it’s four screaming minutes in time out time, it’s two hours till daddy gets home time. 

For me, it is all too easy to get hung up in the grind of chronos time.  It’s right in front of me every day, it is slow and it just hangs there!

In my experience, faith allows us to elevate from chronos time and focus on God’s time, which is kairos time.  Here is an example of how we see kairos time in the New Testament of the Bible — The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)

Each day I have a few moments where I am able to step closer toward the realization of kairos time.  In my life, I see kairos time when I think about the fact that today will never be had again, when I realize a day will come when Jackson is 30 years old, when I realize there will be a day when Jamie and I pass into heaven, when I slow myself to focus on the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for all people through the ages.

Too often I allow chronos time to run my day and stifle the magic of kairos time, however I am learning to focus myself on God’s time as I continue in my journey as a follower of Christ.

Where have you seen chronos or kairos time in your life?