Being a follower of God is hard work. Keeping in step with His values and expectations though, gives us life. We can go ahead and be lazy, sleeping our lives away, but in the end the hunger does not go away and by ignoring God our eventual death will not only be physical, but eternal.
Sometimes you have to work at happiness. Some hurdles in life are too difficult to clear simply by adopting a positive mindset. Do you need to forgive someone? Do you need to let go of a failed relationship? Do you need to come to terms with the death of a loved one? Life is full of loss. But, in a sense, true happiness would not be possible without it. It helps us appreciate the good times. It helps us grow. If you’re struggling to see the light, you’re not alone. Find someone who understands and talk to them. Reach out for support. Don’t let loss devour you.
“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly
Sometimes living in wisdom is hard work. It seems way easier to just do things our own way and in our own strength. It seems a lot harder to rely on God and have to do things His way. We will benefit by living in Godly wisdom. God has an amazing plan for your life and He wants to bless you by guiding you along that path! If you will let Him, then you will truly live the greatest life that He has in store for you.
Easter is significant because it reveals that love is more powerful than death. Death is what frightens us most. It hems us in and it sets the ultimate limit to everything. If death has the final word, then all the evil in the world wins and there’s no hope because there’s nothing after death. That’s the end. But Easter is the declaration that God’s love, the love that made the world and sustains it, is more powerful than death. That’s a moment of liberation. It means death no longer enslaves us. The first Christians saw that the bursting forth of Christ from the tomb is the shattering of death’s bonds. Even more, the Resurrection is God’s great salvation of the world he has made. The God of the Bible doesn’t despise matter–just the opposite. God makes everything good. And through the Resurrection, God ratifies, sums up, and valorizes his material creation. Therefore, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is not just about him. It’s about all those who will take part in his Mystical Body, the Church, and it’s about all of matter. In raising Jesus bodily from the dead, the Father is raising all of matter to new life. We see this as the Bible comes to its climax in the Book of Revelation. There we discover a New Heaven and a New Earth. Heaven is not just some purely spiritual space that our souls go to after we die. It’s a new creation, God ratifying and elevating his whole work. That’s the climax of the biblical revelation. The God who made the world good has now, out of a passion to set it right, saved that world by raising it up to a higher pitch. The Christian Church gives witness to that great fact. And that’s what Easter is about.