The Days After

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!!
Angel

4 comments:

Heart2Heart said...

Angel,

What a great point to bring across at the ending of this Easter holiday when so many are really planning for what comes next. This is the time of the year I love to read through the book of Acts and try to follow it to the end of the Bible, to see where it went from there.

Your post is very timely and one that I think we should all take up our crosses to bear.

Please stop by my blog today to meet a blogger in need of help!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Loren said...

Beautiful post....beautiful message! Everywhere we look is most definately a mission field....Give us ears to Hear what the Spirit is saying Lord and a heart to Obey exactly what you want in that very moment!

Love you Angel

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Good morning Angel,

Do you realize even our blogs are a mission field. When you share your daily walk with Christ it can touch more people than you will ever know.

Keep up the good work for Jesus,

Ron

He & Me + 3 said...

I totally agree. I pray that I can show Jesus on a daily basis and be His hands extended to those in need.