Changes for Easter

Easter was yesterday and as has happened in past years the weather was a little more drab and dark.  It doesn’t always feel like Easter when it’s not warm and the sun is shining, but with it as early as it was this year, despite spring being early itself, it’s not surprising it wasn’t really warm or sunny yesterday.  Easter is always to me a festive occasion, Christmas is more of a quiet celebration, while Easter is bigger and more of a cheerful celebration, especially since it’s after Good Friday.

Easter is all about new life.  If you attended church or watched a service online the pastor probably encouraged you to look for the areas of your life where you need to make changes and encourage new growth.  There are lots of ways to encourage new growth in your life, but with growth of any kind usually comes change.  So I was thinking about how we could make the transition to new life and new growth through the necessary changes a little easier and Galatians 5:22-23 came to mind:

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

It’s not easy to make big changes in your life like jobs, relationships or location, so what if we started with something a little less involved but no less challenging: changing our attitude and how we treat others.  It’s not easy to look at people you’ve known for a long time in a new light, nor is it easy to not fall into old habits and rhythms. But God challenges us to let the Holy Spirit guide us into better relationships and better hearts.

So what will your choice be after this Easter?  Will you choose to start turning over a few new leaves in your life?

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