7 Things To Remember This Easter

7 Things To Remember This Easter

"If you have never felt or known the sheer power and strength of God's love, take another look at Jesus dying on the cross." - N. T. Wright
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When you think of Easter, what comes to your mind? Do you think of eggs and bunnies? Or do you think about the Son of God and His love for us? I feel that too many times we get caught up in holidays and how the world wants us to celebrate them, instead of remembering why this is such a special day, and who we really should be celebrating for. Here are 7 things to keep in mind during, and after, Easter weekend.

1. Jesus gave up His life for you. (1 Peter 3:18)

Jesus gave you the ultimate sacrifice so that you would be forgiven of your sins. He went through hours of pain and torture, so that you may have a way for eternal life. You were not even born yet, and Jesus died on the cross for you. That's how much He loves you.

2. You will always be perfect in His eyes. (Psalm 139:14)

God created you. He hand picked your eye color, nose shape, and smile because that is exactly how He wanted you to look like. God created so many masterpieces in this world, and you are one of them.

3. If you ask for it, you will be forgiven. (1 John 1:9)

When Jesus was hanging on the cross, one of the other crucified prisoners said to Him, "Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. Remember me when You come into Your kingdom." Jesus replied, "Amen I say to you, today you shall be with Me in paradise." The simple act of repenting to God, as He asked us to do, gives us the greatest gift of forgiveness. No matter how big or how small the sin. Jesus is waiting for us with His arms wide open. He does not judge, He only sees beauty inside each one of us. When we confess to the Lord, He reminds us once again, how much He loves us by freeing us from sin.

4. Praise Him, always. (1 Peter 4:11)

Not only does He want you to run to Him in times of struggle, but He also wants you to look to Him when you are having times of joy. He wants a relationship with you, in all the highs and lows of your life.

5. We should look to Him as an example. (Ephesians 5:1)

Jesus walked on this earth to give us the perfect example as humans. The heart He has is what we need to strive for. Forgiving, loving, and free of evil or judgment.

6. He never leaves us. (Joshua 1:9)

We may forget about Him, push Him away, or walk too far down the wrong path, but He never leaves us. He never turns His back on us. He is always right there, waiting with open arms, for us to turn back around and follow Him.

7. He went through so much for you. (Acts 17:2-3)

For many of us, we tend to forget what Jesus really went through. His suffering, His strength, His faith through all of the pain. Our troubles do not match up with His suffering on the cross for us. When you are feeling weak and tired, praise the Lord with all your heart, and He will give you strength.

Easter is more than just eggs and bunnies. Easter is a time to celebrate the amazing resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time to remember what he did so that we may have an eternal life with Him in Heaven. During this Easter holiday, and the times to come after, I ask you to keep in mind the real reason for this special holiday.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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How Incorporating Organization In My Daily Routine Single-Handedly Changed My Life

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It would be a complete fabrication of the truth if I pretended that my life in any way has been picture perfect. Things are messy, life is messy, and my life becomes an endless cycle of self provoked destruction.

I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

None of these short term solutions have yet to salvage my mental, physical, and academic state. SO, as an attempt to overhaul my life, I decided the best way to strive for control, is to organize every aspect of my life.

Yes, this could become unhealthy if I used this tactic as a way to tear myself down or over analyze my accomplishments, or lack thereof. But I try to view my life as something I have a say in while considering that not everything will be perfect or completely satisfy my goals for myself.

To successfully enact this measure, I try to never go into a day unaware of what I must accomplish, what tasks/work I have to attend to, and stocked with a full calendar and set of alarms that prevent me from missing deadlines. Although mildly time-consuming to detail my life in advance, it is greatly beneficially outweighed through the amount of time this tactic saves me.

Recently, I have noticed how much happier I have been, and feel as if my life is back on track and it's future in my hands. This has allowed me to work an upwards of 50 something hours a week, see and manage friends, read and keep up with hobbies, as well as give me peace of mind and time to relax with loved ones.

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