Easter is right around the corner, and there is only one way to describe my life right now. Busy. Can I get an amen? April always feels like another Christmas season. There is so much to do and so many places to go. You have an Easter Egg hunt here and a school party there. And all of this is in addition to the normal craziness of life. It seems like there are never enough hours in the day to complete the to-do list let alone think about Easter. This busyness is not what the Easter season is about. There should only be one word on our minds and hearts: Jesus.
Easter has always been a glorious time for kids. Honestly, who doesn’t love free candy?! However, it becomes wrong when these things become the focus of the Easter season. Although busyness sometimes feels unavoidable, it separates us from the real purpose of life and our Savior. One of my favorite phrases that I have to remind myself of often is “Stop the glorification of busy.” Our society is so focused on being busy that we forget that God created us to be in communion with Him and not zeroed in on the things of this world. God desires to have a real relationship with us, yet we trade in the beauty of His love story for busyness. The God of the Universe sent His son to die on a cross for YOU! He loves YOU!
This past week I was hanging out with 8 school-aged kids outside the walls of the church. Someone asked them what was the real meaning of Easter, and none of them could even come close to knowing the answer. My heart was absolutely broken. These are kids who have grown up in Oklahoma (The Bible Belt for goodness sakes), yet they do not know the greatest love story of all time. These kids need Jesus in a real-life, necessary way. They need to know about the God who loved them more than they can imagine!
So instead of focusing on teaching your children the importance of beating the smaller kids in order to get the most candy, teach them about how Jesus beat death and rose again. Instead of loving the things of this season, love the God of the universe. Instead of being grouchy to the person who lives life beside you, share with them this amazing gift of grace. This is the most important thing that you can ever tell anyone and yet we act like it’s no big deal. Let’s make Jesus a big deal this Easter Season! If we truly believe that one of the core values of our church is salvation, we ought to be screaming this story from the rooftops. The God of the universe loves you more than you could ever imagine and desires for you to know Him. I encourage you to spend a few minutes today pondering the beauty of this love story. Let’s put away the to-do lists and focus on the celebrating the Savior this Easter Season.
Lauren Sudberry is the Northeast Children's Minster. She has a passion for seeing children discover what it means to have a relationship with Christ and loves to show them how to trust in Him.