Happy Easter - Make Something New

I have never been particularly fond of New Year’s resolutions. By the time Halloween, Thanksgiving, two of our son’s birthdays, Christmas, and New Years have come and gone,
I don't feel resolved to do much of anything except hibernate for the rest of winter. As lovely and exciting as the
gift of the season always turns out to be, I’m simply exhausted.

Now Easter, this is a time of year I can resolve myself to something new. Blessed with a much cherished run, I am reminded there is scarcely anything more beautiful than springtime in central Texas. The hills burst forth with tender, young green, and the roadside teems with the vivid and varied shades of wildflowers. Everywhere you look the earth is coming into being, transforming, and building something new. This is the very essence of Easter hope.

Wrapped in the profound mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection is the fact that everything must die in order to be made new again.

I have always been hesitant to cast away things I am comfortable with, even if they truly do not serve me any longer. Those
dung balls we feel we must hold on to and manage day in and day out can be pretty sticky and persistent. Yet, I believe we are called to let go of anything standing in the way of fulfilling our true purpose. Perfectionism paralyzes the process and serves no one. For me personally, I need to let the self-doubt and fear of failure die so I can resurrect a positive movement forward toward the dream of becoming a published author. There, I said it. Actually, I wrote it, bigger yet. Now that I have climbed that ladder to the next level of commitment, I need to kick it away so I am unable to descend it again. We must believe the only direction is up when we do not allow ourselves the option of climbing back down.

Easter brings the hope of living a life aligned with the
Creator of the universe. Rethink. Reconnect. Replenish. Rebuild. Renew. Recreate. Redeem. Are these not beautiful words filled with infinite possibility?

The springtime egg and the tomb are empty. This Easter, challenge yourself with the humble courage of the way, truth, and life and go make something new.

Happy Easter everyone. Michele