We’ve all heard of Carpe Diem. The author of “Carry On Warrior”, jokingly says she can’t even “carpe 15 minutes”. I know as parents we all have those days. She goes on to say that Carpe Diem doesn’t work for her but Chronos vs. Kairos does. Chronos is regular time; the 24 hours of the day and all that we do/don’t do in them. Kairos is God’s time; the brief moments where you really look at one of your kids, or see a shopping cart full of food and feel grateful that you can provide such wonderful, nutritious food for your children.
Like the author, I strive to have a few Kairos moments every day. Here’s one of them:
I was nursing Luca to sleep. When I came downstairs Micha was reading to her doll, Sophia, Sophia was propped up next to her (wearing her diaper to make sure she didnt pee or poop on the floor). Micha was showing her the pictures and ‘reading’ confidently. She read the whole book. Then she said, “Mommy, your turn. Read to Sophia.” So, I laid to read and Micha held her doll. After a few pages, Micha looked down at her and said “Sophia, don’t cry. It’s okay.” She was kissing her and then stood up and swayed her, while sssshing her. After a few minutes they both sat back down. I asked if Sophia was okay; she said yes. She felt better now.
It was tender. I watched Micha in awe of all she was saying and doing. I was proud of the care she was giving to Sophia. I was happy to witness such love towards another ‘being’ that came from inside her, unprompted.
Strive to enjoy Kairos moments every day. They fill you up when you pay attention. They keep you going and remind you of the miracle that each life is.
Happy Kairosing 🙂