Thursday, March 7, 2013

An Easter Challenge

 
Today marks 25 days until Easter.
Here in the U.S. we're in full Easter mode as retails stores boast the perfect holiday décor, the tastiest candy, the brightest eggs and the biggest Easter baskets.
 
And, if you and I are like most Americans, we’re:
  • Snacking on Easter candy.
  • Making plans for church services, Easter brunches and family celebrations. 
  • Picking out Easter outfits for the family.
  • Creating menus filled with the delicious dishes we’ll serve to loved ones.
  • Shopping for items to fill Easter baskets.
With all of this taking place, it’s easy to get sidetracked and miss the true story of Easter. It’s difficult to stop amidst the busyness, still our hearts and contemplate the miracle that is Easter.
 
For the last couple years I've offered up an Easter Challenge for anyone who would like to participate with me. I have found it is a good way to prepare my heart to honor and acknowledge Christ's suffering for me on the cross and the power that was displayed through the resurrection.

There are 24 chapters in the book of Luke. Starting today, I plan to read one chapter a day until the day before Easter. Luke will bring us through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. If you are interested, you can start today along with me, tomorrow (March 8 and your last reading will be on Easter morning), or, you can start on March 19 and read two chapters a day and finish on March 30 (that's what I have done in the past).

This year, I am going to read one chapter a day which allows me time to ponder and meditate on what I'm reading. I can ask questions like: Who is Jesus? What was he doing here? What did his life represent?

I am planning to read Luke with this purpose in mind: to know God better. Each day before my reading, I will ask God to teach me more about himself. I don't want to walk away from the next 24 days and 24 chapters on the life of Jesus thinking about myself and my life and my burdens and joys. I want to know God better. I want to know the One who created me and loved me and sacrificed His Son for me. What kind of God would do that?
 
If you join me, it's likely that we'll experience deep joy and gratitude as we focus our hearts and minds on something more than chocolate-covered bunnies, time with family and an extra-long holiday weekend.

If you're in, leave a comment stating "I'm in" and I'll be praying that God would reveal himself to you during these next few weeks. Thank you for joining me! 
 
Lord, may we not be so busy doing Easter in the next few weeks that we forget to be still and prepare our hearts for the miracle that is Easter. God we want to know you better. Reveal yourself to us through the pages of Luke and through the life of your Son. Consume us with who you are and what you have done for us. Amen.

3 comments:

Sharon said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Amy said...

I'm in!

Amy said...

I'm in!