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Young Adult Blog Post – Commitment to Christ
In a recent post on The Ladder, Sam Williams explains some things you can do to help reconnect with Christ after the honeymoon period has passed. Helping us rekindle that spark when the fire goes out.
Relationships take work. A lot of work. Whether they’re friendships, Church connections, family relationships, or romantic relationships, there’s a lot that we need to do if we want to keep them strong.
You’ve probably heard about the rough times that come for married couples after the honeymoon period. Though they’re glowing after their wedding, like they did when they were first dating, after a while couples begin to look more at their phones than they do into each other’s eyes.
Commitment is hard, and it seems that more and more people are wary of commitment because it seems to mean less and less. Divorce is increasingly the norm, and friendships come and go. So if marriages and friendships break up when things get hard, it seems only normal that people would approach their relationships with God with the same distrust and disinterest.
When the fire dies out, we can walk out of Church just as easily as we can walk out of our marriages and friendships.
Between going to college and working with teens, I have seen a lot of Christians in the honeymoon stage with the Lord. When people are received into the Orthodox Church, they’re on fire for Christ. When a college student first goes on their short-term mission trip, they’re confident they’ll be a missionary. High schoolers go to Church Camp and come back either wanting to be a priest or a chanter.
And then life happens and the fire dies out.
Perhaps we get disheartened by the scandals and weakness we sometimes see in the Church. Perhaps we get caught up by the stress of needing to do “important things” like get a “stable” job and pay back student loans. Or perhaps, when we get back from Church Camp, we struggle to regain the peace and joy we found there.
So how are we to stick with Christ after the honeymoon period wears off and life starts to wear down on us? Here are several things that can help any relationship, but especially the one we have with God.
CLICK HERE to read “When Our Fire for Christ Dies Our”
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Sam Williams is the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey. He grew up in Powhatan, Virginia and studied International Affairs and Spanish at James Madison University. Sam received his MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2013. He loves food, languages and good coffee.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site highlights the mission of the “Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is to strengthen the relationship between God and the Greek Orthodox youth and young adults through supportive Christ-centered resources aimed to sustain youth leaders as well as Orthodox individuals.”
“The Department works with the following ministries of our Church: HOPE (Holy Orthodox Primary Education, JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth), GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America), Altar Boys, Young Adult Ministries, OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship), EOCS (Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting), and Camping Ministries.”
To learn more about the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, click here.
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ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES DIRECTOR – STEVEN CHRISTOFOROU
Steven Christoforou, is Director of the Youth & Young Adult Ministries Department and the Office of Camping Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Originally from Astoria, New York, Steve graduated from Yale University and Fordham University School of Law. He received a Masters of Divinity in 2013 from the Holy Cross School of Theology. He has served as Lay Coordinator for the Harvard and MIT chapters of Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and has extensive parish experience as a former Parish Council member, Sunday School teacher, and youth volunteer. He also has extensive experience in youth and camping ministries, having led retreats around the country as a member of the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Ambassadors Program, and having served at the Direct Archdiocesan District’s Camp Saint Paul, both as a Counselor and Boys Director.
To read Steven’s full biography on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site, click here.