What Easter Means To Me.

So what is Easter?  The start of spring?   Easter eggs and the Easter bunny.  Baskets filled with candy?  What a strange group of things bloomed out of a holiday of faith.  I guess Christmas is not much better.  Santa Clause and Christmas trees?  All of these have a history and although they are probably harmless, they tend to water down and distort the true basis for the holidays.

 

So what does Easter mean to me?  A few facets of my faith and feelings about Easter without the churchy talk:

Easter gives me purpose

If it was not for my faith, I would live, gather and die like everyone else and that would be it.  My goals would be focused on the relatively short period that we inhabit the Earth and would concentrate on accumulating, enjoyments and self-focus.  However, I know there is more.  The Bible says that we are wired for eternity.  We know there has to be more.  While this life can be great at times, there is also a lot of pain that goes along with it.  We live in a world without real order.  Without things being fair or honest.  A jumbled up mess.  I am looking forward to order and justice.  A place where everything is right.  Easter reminds me that there is a place that is right and this is but a stop along the way.

Easter helps me belong

I belong to the largest family that has ever existed.  A family of people who think alike.  A family with a vision of what true life is all about.  That takes care of one another.  That helps you when you are down.  A family that puts others ahead of themselves.

Easter means all things are new

Easter is like the morning.  A new day has begun.  Yesterday was tough.  I screwed up.  I made some stupid mistakes.  But then the sun comes up.  And it is a new day.  A new start.  The old is gone and the new is here.  Easter washes away the dirt of the past and makes all things new.  Like a shiny penny.  The way it should be.

Easter gives me focus

The opportunity to get my mind off of myself.  To really see others and their needs first.  To love others more than myself.  Easter gives me an orientation where I am no longer the center of my universe.  I can focus on others and I can stop thinking about my situation, wants and needs.

Easter is peace

I can relax in the realization that I do not need to worry.  I do not need to try to do it all.  I do not need all of the answers.  I can trust.  I can let things go.  I do not have to guide and control.  I can relax.  It will be fine.  I will be fine.  This is the basis of faith.

I will admit that I am still a work in progress.  I still struggle sometimes, but I know when I look back I see progress.  When I look forward, I see a path.  The Easter message is one of hope.  It is a message of love.  And purpose, belonging, renewal, vision and peace.

I hope you can see this and truly grasp the power of the Easter message.  

And to you and yours- Happy Easter!

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The Seed Vault

I watched a fascinating story last week about a seed vault in Norway that stores seeds from all over the world in case of a global disaster.  The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located on an island off the coast of Norway, near the Arctic Circle in an old coal mine.  The seed vault is located 390 ft inside of a mountain and is 430 feet above sea level, so that even if the polar ice caps melt the seeds will stay dry.  The structure is impressive, and the design takes into account global and cataclysmic disasters- saving the seeds to help reestablish food sources after an extinction-type disaster.

Svalbard Seed Vault- Wikipedia Photo

So I can get my arms around this- I’m a builder.  Make it tough and high and strong.  Build a fortress to save the seeds!  I get it- but this is the part that is truly amazing.

The seeds are kept at the optimal temperature for long term storage- zero degrees Fahrenheit.  Seems like they would eventually freeze and die- right?  How could they still be alive at zero degrees for more than a winter or two?  Well, not only will they live for a few winters, the seeds can be stored for hundreds and in some cases even thousands of years.  At zero degrees!  Forget the fancy building- that is truly amazing!

Seeds are the source of life.   They are extremely resilient- they have a distinct purpose.  They wait for the right conditions- warmth, soil, water and then do the miraculous.  A single seed is designed to yield much more than itself.  To grow and multiply- to do the extraordinary.  Is there a seed within you that is waiting to come to life?

Spring is here and the yearly winter slumber is coming to an end.   Take heart- your seed is still alive.  What do you have that you want to grow?

-Maybe it’s the education that you have always put off…

-Maybe it’s restoring a lost relationship…

-Maybe it’s a business or career goal…

-Maybe it’s volunteering or serving the less fortunate…

-Maybe it’s learning to play the piano…

-Maybe it’s the exercise program…

There is a seed in all of us that longs to burst through the warm ground of spring.  This is a great time to start something new, take a chance, and get out of the old routine.  Each year starts new and fresh- it’s God’s plan.

What can you start this year?  It’s not too late- your seed is alive!  Just awaken it from its slumber!

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