With the Lent season upon us and Easter coming up soon, we can quickly go through the season and be done with it; but can we celebrate Easter every day?
I believe that we can.
Here are 8 ways we can rejoice Easter all year long:
1. Serve Jesus with everything you have. We remember this season that Christ died for our sins. He gave His all for us and he asks us for our all. (John 3:16)
2. Remember that whatever we are going though in this world is temporary. (John 12:23-26)
3. Serve those around you. Instead of competing with people around you, serve as Jesus did in love. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
4. Forgive those in your life. Even when it seems too painful and too much to forgive, remember Jesus forgave you even when you were in your sin. Jesus came and offered forgiveness on the cross to you and requires it of all believers. (Matthew 18:23-27)
5. Put others needs ahead of your own. Jesus left Heaven and came to be among those that the world would have considered not valuable. He spent time with the sick, weak, needy, vulnerable, and outcast. (Luke 4:18-19)
6. Remember when the world gets you down, when life’s responsibilities seem to be more than you can bear, that Christ has overcome the world and not even death could keep Him down. (John 16:33)
7. Sacrifice for those closest to you. Our family is our closest ministry opportunity. Christ came down and sacrificed and nurtured His bride, the church. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
8. Remember that when people fail you, Christ didn’t. Christ was betrayed and distrusted by those closest to him. (Judas and Peter) He rose from the dead and restored the broken relationships so we could offer resolution to all. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
So let us celebrate Easter this season, as well as all year long!
It is not too late. You still have time to decide if and how you might observe Lent this year. Many of us do not observe Lent because we do not fully understand it. Our understanding may go only as far as knowing: “It’s something Catholics do and for some reason they eat a lot fish on Fridays before Easter. ”So what is Lent? Lent is a time of observance that begins 40 days prior to Easter. This year it begins February 10th. So if you go to your calendar you may say: “Hey...there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter.” You are correct. The difference accounts for Sabbath days. Sabbath days are intended for rest and exempt from this observance. The formal observance of Lent pre-dates the celebration of Christmas on December 25th. Traditionally Lent has been observed as a time of prayer, fasting, and repentance. It is a time of denying oneself from any number of life’s little offerings. For example, one could give up sugar, coffee, TV, fried food, Facebook, Youtube, movies, video games, radio, eating out...etc. These are a few of the more common practices of Lent. Truly, when we sacrifice, we practice self-denial; we cannot help to draw nearer to Christ. The observance of Lent helps to align our mind with the sufferings, joys, and trials of Jesus Christ. I do not wish to go into the Easter Season any other way. I invite you to join me in the observance of Lent this season. When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. Mark 8:34-35
In His Service,