Welcome to another musing’s insights readers! Mid-December, I had no idea what the word for 2023 should be, but my devotions just after Christmas included Galatians 6:9 and the Spirit illuminated and brought two words: Kairos and steadfast. Let’s see what this verse has to say.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. NKJ
Do not grow weary, do not lose heart. This seems to fit the online dictionary’s definition of steadfast:
- resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering:“steadfast loyalty”
Synonyms are: loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, trusty, firm, determined, resolute, stalwart, stout, relentless, implacable, single-minded, unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unswerving, unyielding, unflinching, inflexible, uncompromising.
I will take the time this year to go through these in bite-sized portions. Next, we look at the Merriam Webster’s definition of Kairos:
kai·ros (ˈ)kī¦räs plural kairoi
: a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action: the opportune and decisive moment.
- Modern Greeks also use kairos for weather and time.
Here is an excerpt from 11 January 2016 from UMC young people’s page:
What is Kairos Time?
BY RORI BLAKENEY (SEJ)
“Our time really does count. More importantly, understanding God’s time is key. God’s time is often referred to as “Kairos time.” Greek in its origin, “Kairos time” reminds us that our lives are filled with God moments. This time is all about the movement of God in our lives. These God moments are often characterized as coincidence or serendipity. Yet, if we would listen to the Spirit, we would discover that these moments are acts of divinity.” https://www.umcyoungpeople.org/lead/what-is-kairos-time
The New Living Translation puts Galatians 6:9 this way:
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
My Bible app’s note gave me a chuckle: We would be surprised if we planted pumpkins and corn came up! Look forward to reaping this harvest of blessings if you have sown blessings and God’s Word. This is already turning into a year of God’s movement and Christians stepping up to the plate on the platform God has given them. Go forth with holy boldness, speaking the truth with love, and moving in compassion. May we all step out in holy boldness in this season of God’s move!
Things are going well with my preparations for the construction team going to Moshi, Tanzania to build the Women’s dormitory at The Kilimanjaro Bible College. Team one, which I am part of, leaves Rochester February 7th, just one month away. I’m tying up loose ends amid the flurry of activities leading up to the trip. The Lord is showing himself faithful, all my needs are being supplied as they arise!
As for Musings Along Life’s Journey – the book, things are progressing. I hope to see the cover design soon, my author photo [shown above] is in my publisher’s hands and we have made a date with librarian Emily to introduce my book at the Henderson Free Library on Saturday, March 18th, @ 11 A.M.