I’ve taken a hiatus from blogging over the past year, partly by choice and also because of certain events outside my control. Suffice to say, our family has had a rough couple of years. Lots of changes have happened, both good and bad.
Last year we got dragged into a custody fight with the biological father of our oldest daughter, Emma. That was eventually settled outside of court, but she’s no longer living with us. Part of the compromise was that Emma would live with my wife’s parents in Ohio. This was certainly better than losing custody to her biological father in court, but we still lost her nonetheless. Our household hasn’t been the same since.
Another major event from last year was the not-at-all-easy decision to leave our church. I won’t go into the details here, but that was a very painful process.
Finally, the last major event of last year with the birth of our daughter Hannah. This was the one major event which brought us joy. She was born the day after Christmas and everyone has been loving on her since. Hannah was born about two weeks after her due date and we had a pretty good “babymoon” going into the new year. In a very positive way, our household has changed quite a bit. I can already tell she’s going to have a unique personality.
I say all of this because this blog is a reflection of who I am. Before coming back to blogging, I’ve taken stock of what I want to write and why I want to write it. I’m not just starting over, but I’m rebooting everything. The main purpose of blogging is going to be the same: to glory God with my writing talents. But I want to broaden my focus, widen the spectrum of topics, and better articulate the reality of Jesus Christ’s lordship over every aspect of life.
One of the most important lessons I learned from last year the was importance of redeeming the time. In Ephesians 5:15-16, the Apostle Paul says thus:
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Our time is not our own. We know this if we really consider that as Christians we are bought with a price. So how best can we redeem the time? Answering that question will be the guiding principle of this blog. I changed the name of the blog to the Greek term “kairos” which is used in the above passage. It’s one of the two Greek words for “time,” this one referring to a particular opportunity or moment. As Christians, we’re called to seize every opportunity for Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
We’re reminded James 4:14 that our lives are but a vapor. We only have a short time on this earth. Let us grow in grace, love, and knowledge–that we may use every moment God has given to us for His glory and the spread of His gospel. At the end of our lives, let us not be found to have buried and wasted our talents. The Lord has placed us here in these various places with our various gifts for just such a time as this.