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Happy New Year & Χρόνια Πολλά!
As we express this greeting towards one another, I am sure in the back of our mind we are wondering, what type of year will it be? What will it bring? The reality is that none of us know what the next minute will bring us let alone what the year has in store. The one thing that is certain is that it will bring us something. All of us will have our share of joys and happiness, as well as our sorrows and sadness. In spite of this, the victory or defeat will be found in the way in which we meet and deal with each new encounter. The outcome will depend on our attitudes that we possess, as well as the postion we show towards Christ and His Church.
I firmly believe that each new day that we face in 2017 should be viewed as an opportunity to seek God and invite Him into our lives; asking forgiveness of our sins and requesting Him to guide us throughout the day, helping us cope with every situation that may come our way.
Someone once wrote, "Every morning is a fresh beginning, every morning is the world made new. You who are weary of sorrow and sinning, here is a beautiful hope for you." How can the New Year be anything but blessed for one who believes the gospel of beginning again?
When an Olympic runner was asked the secret of his success, he said, "The only way to win a race is to forget all previous victories which will give you false pride, and all former failures which would give you false fears. Each race is a new beginning."
This is how St. Paul lived his life. His one great purpose was to leave the past behind and run straight toward the goal - Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:13-14). This includes forgetting the unwise decisions, mistakes, and hurts by giving them over to Jesus and letting our thoughts dwell on Him. For Jesus gives us a new beginning each day.
The Greeks have two words for time "chronos" & "kairos." Chronos is a calendar time, day-by-day, week-by-week, etc. Kairos time is marked by the opportunities we are presented and how we handle them. We stand on the threshold of the New Year to decide what type of time we will keep. Will it be "kairos" the opportunity to know God, to love Him, to serve Him? Or will it be "chronos" time saying I can take care of business tomorrow - killing the time of today?
Each year we face a New Year, we are given the opportunity to gain eternity. Make that commitment to make Chruch, Holy Communion, Sunday/Church School, and fellowship with one another our goal this New Year.
~ Father Ari Damaskos