By Cyndi Pollard

What exactly is a defining moment? Perhaps Whitney Houston sang it best for the 1988 Olympic Games when the iconic lyrics gave us one of the most inspiration songs of an era, “One Moment in time.” The bible uses two different Greek words to describe, “time.”

Defining MomentsFirst there is, chronos. It’s where we get the word chronology. It’s a sequential measurement of time.

Secondly there is, kairos, It refers to the right or opportune moment. The Supreme Moment. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature.

It’s that moment when the nurse says, “It’s a boy!” It’s the phone call in the middle of the night. It’s when the doctor says, “You have cancer.” A defining moment is that Kairos Moment, that split second in time when you realize life will never be the same again.

My friend Bryan was only 29 when he was still groggy from an emergency surgery. He didn’t even know that the surgeon had removed 22 inches of his colon and now had a colostomy, when the doctor said, “You have stage III colon cancer.” Without missing a beat, he looked at the man who had saved his life and simply stated, “My Jesus is bigger than cancer.”


Life was not without it’s up’s and down’s during his treatment that was marked with side effects and surgeries. But he was right… Jesus is BIGGER than cancer! and 12 years later, he is still a healthy testament to that truth!

How will you react when you come face-to-face with your defining moment? Matthew 12:34 says, “…Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” There is no way to determine what your future holds. But you can prepare yourself for that next Defining Moment. The wisest man who ever lived tells us in the Book of Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Your reaction to that moment may help you ride the wave rather than being knocked down by the wave.

Surround yourself with those who encourage you, read words that bring you knowledge, and listen to things that strengthen your soul.



Cyndi Pollard graduated from LIFE Pacific College with a BA in Ministry Leadership. She is an ordained minister that has crossed boundaries from education to ministry to customer service to corporate America.  She has spent over twenty years speaking, encouraging groups and inspiring those around her to live a courageous life.  As the keynote speaker for Women’s Retreats, Conferences, the Future Business Leaders of America and Master of Ceremony, she is poised to share her message of Hope and Courage.

She is currently writing her first book, “Defining Moments” that explores the moment after a significant event in your life has occurred. She wrote and presented, “Stepping Outside the Box,” for a well-known company that teaches individuals how to move from, “How I have always done it,” to “doing it a different way.” Cyndi is a servant leader who over the last 17 years has served as either a Principal, Executive Pastor, or an Executive Director at an Independent Senior Community. She currently lives in Southwest Washington with her husband Dennis, two cats (Rocky & Dude), and has a daughter in the US Navy.   

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