This past week I attended my first Maundy Thursday service. On Good Friday, I viewed The Passion of the Christ for the third time in my life. The night before Easter Sunday, I find myself wondering on the nature of Easter and rebirth, and how the story of Jesus can have a practical effect on our lives.
I think I may have viewed Lent in an improper way before. I always viewed it as I will give _____ up for this period of time and then would feel free to pick whatever it was right back again. Whether it was bagels or chocolate, nothing really changed. But what if it was a tool for rebirth for turning into a better person? What if we replace a negative habit with a positive one? After all isn’t Easter the hope of a new life?
There are things that need to be put to death in our lives in order for other things to bloom. Cowardice and courage cannot exist at the same time. Perhaps it is in these shifts that we can truly experience a new life. Fortunately, there is always hope of rebirth and making something new. We just have to be willing to get rid of the old ways and with earnest seeking adopt a new life.
In doing so others may doubt. We must press on and continue living a new life.