Easter isn’t the End

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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

-James 4:7

Think it through

We’re coming to the end of our Lenten series. Easter is just days away. I’m looking forward to church. I’m looking forward to watching my kids find Easter baskets full of spring and summer treats. I’m looking forward to celebrating with my extended family.

And let’s face it, I’m looking forward to a Cadbury egg.

I’ve done this giving up chocolate thing before, and I know that first taste of chocolate will be almost too sweet, almost too good. It will be delightful, and I’ll be so thankful in that moment—He is Risen that we might have abundant and eternal life!

But soon the taste of chocolate will be, though still wonderful, commonplace. A part of my average day. Or worse, again, a temptation leading me further away from God instead of closer to Him.

For my Lenten fast, giving up has been about letting go. Letting go of control over what I eat, where I find comfort, and where I find simple pleasures.

We haven’t given up our “favorites”, not really. We’ve given up the control of them.

 

Live it like you mean it

When this Lenten season ends, how to do want to re-introduce your “favorite” back into your life? How are you going to handle the old bad habits that might come flooding back?

Even though we’re ready to enjoy our favorites again, we can still surrender. We can continue to give up the control of them to our Father. What’s your plan?

Now that I’ve been away from chocolate for the whole Lenten season it seems rather impossible that I ate so very much of it before… on my “stressed” days, and even on my joyful ones! But, ahem, I did. And I know the copious Easter candy is not going to seem “new” for long—unless I choose to make it so by limiting myself to two or three pieces in the evening.

I’m going to have to ask for help with this one.  Care to join me?

 

Lift it up

Lord, I thank You for this Lenten season of giving up one of my very favorite things to You. Thank You for what I’ve learned. Thank you for what I have yet to learn… please guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus as I leave this time of sacrifice and enter into a different kind of surrender. I love You so. Amen.

 

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What’s your after-Easter plan?

 

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