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Mar 28 2013

WHY EASTER?

Easter eggs and chicks

With Easter being celebrated this weekend, I was thinking about the impact it has had on my life. Like Christmas, everyone gets caught up in the festivities around Easter, like egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, Easter dinner, family get-togethers, etc. 

Like Christmas, not many people actually stop to think about why they are celebrating the holiday. They are happy to get a day off work, have a long weekend, and take advantage of some down time.

WHY? 

But do we really ask the why question? 

As a life coach, asking why is really important. You’ve heard it said that if we know why, the how will follow. This weekend, I’d like to encourage you to ask why

Why am I participating in the Easter holiday? Why am I decorating eggs with the kids? Why do we eat chocolate eggs and bunnies? Why are there bunnies? Why chicks? Why do people go to church on Easter and Good Friday? Why do I go to church? Why is it called Good Friday? Why…? Why…? Why…? 

I’m not going to answer your why questions. Those answers are easy to find. 

WHY EASTER?

What I’m more interested in is the how. How has Easter impacted me, personally? When I was a little girl, I remember getting a new Easter dress for church. We always went to church. I can’t remember anything else about the holiday, except that we got a break from school. I’m surprised that I didn’t question it, since I’m such a curious person. 

As I got older and I left religion behind, I started to understand the reason for Easter. The reason was love! How did that make sense? I learned that God loved me – how could that be? I felt unloved and unlovable, so how could God possibly love ME???? It was many years before I could actually grasp that concept. It was even harder for me to accept the fact that he loved me – and to accept his love.

It seemed easier to not accept it, because then I didn’t open myself up for rejection again. But I did the hard thing – accepted God’s love. Once I did that, it did wonders for my self-esteem! I started to think that I could love myself. I’m sure lots of you know what I’m talking about – you can relate. The next step was to start loving others. That was huge! If I couldn’t love myself, I definitely was not capable of loving others. It transformed my life. 

LOVE? ME?Heart shape made by a team

I’ve experienced a lot of hurt in my life, and I had allowed that hurt and pain to control my feelings, my behaviour and the way I treated others for a long time. Through quite a slow process (I’m a slow learner), as I accepted that God loved me a lot, and I could started loving and accepting who I was, I could start loving and accepting others in my life. …even the ones who had hurt me. 

Next blog post I’d like to tell you how I was able to start accepting and loving those who hurt me. Being able to do that has had a huge part in helping me to become who I am today. I love who I am today! And I accept who you are today! Next week, you’ll find out why! 

With Easter this weekend, start asking yourself some why questions. After you’ve done that, then ask yourself how Easter has impacted you and who you are.

Please leave a comment and share with the rest of us how Easter has impacted you – or why you celebrate Easter. 

2 comments

  1. Kathleen

    Thanks Betty for the thoughtful blogs. Easter is a very sacred time for me. God’s mercy and grace given to us because of Jeus’ sacrifice is astounding, and It’s very humbling. How much I take God for granted! Easter reminds me of my need to stay focused on Jesus and, as Rich Mullins said in his song, “let mercy lead”.

    1. Betty

      Kathleen,
      Thanks for the reminder to not take God for granted. We have much to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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