Happy Easter to All!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
I love Easter. After celebrating the crucifixion, the resurrection on Easter Sunday is such a joyful event. It gives us hope. Everyone is dressed in their lovely Easter clothes and everyone is in a good mood. Church services are so joyful and faith- filled, even as we welcome back some of our long absent faith family. The beauty of it all is that Easter to a large extent is not so commercialized and we actually remember what we are celebrating. The resurrection! The fact that there is always hope. When all seemed lost and it looked like the Savior had been crucified, and with his crucifixion an end to all hope. He arose! What joy, peace and anticipation that brings to us. With faith, we will always prevail.
I listened to Joel Osteen, talking about never giving up, because with the promise of resurrection, there is always a better tomorrow, and that though life may look bleak on “Friday”, we should remember, there is always “ Sunday” and all the promise we have because of the resurrection.
I know that there are times in life, when we all feel like giving up.
Sometimes we lift up our eyes and wonder where life is taking us. We look back at all the mistakes we’ve made. We consider all the opportunities we missed, and all that we did not teach our children. How could we have made life better? We can go on and on and on. Rather than beat ourselves up, we need to stop looking in the rear view mirror and move forward with confidence and belief in ourselves, in our teens and our future. Our Savior arose, so because of that we have life, we have peace and we have a future.
“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.”
We have to be willing to step up to the plate.
We must commit to do our best to raise our teens, the best way we can, with the knowledge we have, knowing that we have all been given the qualities and strength we need to always keep moving forward. I know lots of parents who feel like they failed their kids because they made some mistakes along the way. The thing is, somewhere along the line, our children will have to learn to make their own choices and take responsibility for their own lives. Some may need more help than others to do so, but the good news is there is always hope. We can never give up. Remember, after the crucifixion came the resurrection, when it was assumed that all was lost, hope raised His head up.
We never give up on our children.
I saw an interview on Daystar, with Joseph Rojas who talked about how he had lived a life of drug addiction but has now dedicated the last thirteen years of his life to talking about God and bringing others to salvation. What struck me though was when he talked about how his mother prayed for him. He said he could hear his mom praying for him in the next room, gut wrenching prayers, and her prayers were eventually answered. We as parents must have faith, we must do our utmost best for our kids and learn to let go and leave the results to the good Lord. Sometimes, the difficulties they go through are actually preparing them for a great future ahead.
Easter is a season of joy and expectancy.
Easter is a season of realizing that life is a series of opportunities, if we will simply let ourselves believe. It is a time to celebrate with our families and with our friends and to be grateful for the joy of new beginnings. This year, I learned about making Easter baskets. I never knew that parents actually made Easter baskets for their kids but I was taught by one of the managers at work and I thought it was an excellent idea so I made one for my daughter and mailed it to her in college. Her response was priceless. She was so happy and felt so loved. I never knew that such a simple gesture could generate so much joy. As my manager Sandra said, “It’s all about making memories.” It was worth all the effort I had to put in to make my handwriting legible for her.
So what new thing are you doing for your teens going forward? What is your new beginning? As we celebrate Easter, I pray for hope and anticipation instead of defeat and fear. I pray that we all embrace new beginnings and learn to be joyful and to be filled with laughter and courage because we are a people of passion and expectancy. As Billy Graham says, “The entire plan for the future has it’s key in the resurrection.”