Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.

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Easter Is Not For Bunnies

March 31st, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 24 secs

There’s eggs and cute bunnies and then there’s Easter.

If you are a Christian then you will be familiar with the whole Easter story. But if not, this far-fetched tale of Jesus dying on the cross for humanity’s crimes and then coming back to life three days later is pretty shocking.

It’s so shocking that people find it easier to think of soft fluffy bunnies, and brightly colored eggs instead, and I can understand that. The whole Easter thing takes a great deal of faith. Yet, there’s a part of me that feels that even if you didn’t believe, it’s still be a compelling message.

Easter in the Christian sense (as opposed to the fertility symbols of eggs and Spring – at least in the Northern Hemisphere) reveals God as the caring, compassionate One, who goes to any length to demonstrate what love is about. So that, even death cannot overcome Love, let alone hatred, betrayal, loneliness, fear, or any other terror that besets us in life.

Whether you believe the Easter message or not this theme is well worth keeping. Self-sacrifice, loving devotion, and dignity will often be misunderstood in this world. Yet, they are qualities of a life well lived even in the face of pain and stress.

Whatever your faith or personal belief about what life is or isn’t, the Easter theme is compelling in its message. Christians regard it as a cause to remember and celebrate. But for everyone else, I believe this is an ideal time to reflect on the merits that you hold dear. Christ’s confronting example shows that just as there are worthy things to die for, love also gives us many compelling reasons worth living up to.

So go ahead and enjoy the Easter traditions. By all means, have fun with soft furry bunnies, chicks, and eggs. But remember the power of love to forgive, heal, and triumph in your life. Jesus message is not just for churches. It’s for us.

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