The build up to Easter is always so busy and fun. Everyone is excited about His resurrection. We are all out shopping, buying Easter outfits and goodies for the kids, dying eggs, and preparing for a delicious Easter celebration. We have a great day with church family and our own family, then everyone goes home, the party is over and what do we do with ourselves?
I have been thinking and praying about this a lot. I even read some other blogging posts about it yesterday. So many of us, it seems, get depressed after holidays. The let down of everything being over gets the best of us. Some of us even jump into what needs planning next. I am even dealing with this with my youngest kids, one of which was in tears at bedtime Sunday night because Easter was over.
In praying about this, I keep coming back to “Jesus did His part”. He went to the cross and died for me then he rose again so I can be forgiven and have eternal life. He gave us the reason to celebrate, to buy the new outfits, to make the meal, and spend extra time with our families. Now it is my turn, He gave us clear instructions as to what He wanted us to do when He came back. In Matthew 28:19 He said
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.”
Sometimes, I get so caught up in the big picture that I don’t see what is right in front of me. Everywhere we go is a mission field, there are lost souls out there on every corner. Over the years as we have done children’s ministry or been Children’s Pastors, we have heard so many say things about the lives we have touched or the seeds we have planted or watered, but what about the ones we missed. What about the days we were too busy to take the time to meet a need or to be Jesus to someone. Everyone we come in contact is a “child of God” whether they know it or not. Everyone has a need, a hurt, a story.
Thank you, Jesus for my Nanny who thought I was important enough to share Jesus with. Thank you that I am a vessel for you, that my eyes are opened to the opportunities you present me with, that I am never too busy doing what I think is important to do what you think is important. And thank you for your promise - “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Believing that together we can be Christ to the world!!
Counting it all Joy!!