So, today is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection! Happy Resurrection Day aka Happy Easter!
A week or so ago, I realized that I still have a certain prominent Christmas decoration out. Don’t judge. It happens. I walk by it every day and don’t even notice that it’s there anymore.
When I noticed, I was thinking that I should put it away, since Easter was almost here. I made steps toward putting it away, then got distracted, so here we are at the celebration of Resurrection, and reminders of Christ’s birth are still here.
Um, well, if you put it that way, is it really that bad?
So, why am I mentioning it here instead of putting it away?
The problem is that I don’t notice it anymore.
I walk by it like it’s not there.
I just started wondering how many other important, exciting, life giving, inspiring things (or people) that we walk by every day with out giving them a second glance?
- Do we get so caught up in the tyranny of the urgent that we don’t even notice that God has been waiting for days for us to talk with Him?
- Do we look at our Bible sitting on the table, and realize that it’s been days or weeks since we’ve opened it?
- Do we walk by people so wrapped up in our thoughts that we don’t even notice that they’re there? That maybe they miss talking with us? That maybe they are sad and could use a hug or a word of encouragement?
I don’t write this to give us all a guilt trip. Rather, I would like to remind us all, including myself, of what is important.
Jesus said that the most important commandment is:
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.”
And the second is:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
I am reminded that this is not because God needs us, but because we need Him.
He is always there for His children, but sometimes we walk around without noticing Him.
His word will not fail because I don’t read it. I will fail if I don’t read it.
His word is alive and endures forever!
People, on the other hand, may need us. And we, also, need them. God made us to be in community at some level.
When we neglect to show love to others, walking by them like they don’t exist, we also risk cutting ourselves off from their love. It is a rare person who will go out of their way to show love to those who ignore them and treat them like they are invisible.
So, let’s let today be a resurrection day for ourselves in a different sort of way.
Let’s ask God to resurrect our love for Him, His word, and the people that He has put in our lives!
Like the song says, “Life is worth the living just because He lives!” (Because He Lives – Bill and Gloria Gaither)