Stan began the conversation by saying,”I would like to talk with you about a dear friend who had a most wonderful outlook on life.”
“She’s gone now to be with the Lord, but she was an example like no one I have ever encountered.”
“What made her so special?” I asked.
“She lived her Christianity,” he replied.
“Tell me about her.”
“Well, she was a very humble woman, even though she and her husband had accumulated considerable material wealth by the time they passed on. But you would never have known it by their lifestyle. As I said, very humble. Very generous, but not pretentious about it.”
“She and her husband had four children, a large number of grandchildren, and a few great-grandchildren.”
“The large family would get together often for dinner and other occasions. With that many people, there was bound to always be someone who was grumpy, out-of-sorts, and complaining about one thing or the other.”
“That sounds a lot like my family,” I replied.
“Mine, too” Stan said, but with this woman around, there was always a difference.”
“Whenever there was a dispute, or someone was complaining about what was going on in the world, or something else negative, my friend would say, ‘Let’s talk about Easter’ and the whole mood of the conversation would change because they all knew what she meant.”
“And what was that?” I asked.
“On Easter morning so long ago, Jesus was raised from the tomb on the third day following His crucifixion. He was raised to a new life so that everyone who claims His finished work on the cross is also given a new life in and through Him. In living that new life, we have hope and comfort — with nothing whatsoever to complain about.”
“When my friend said, ‘Let’s talk about Easter,’ the immediate focus of the conversation was changed to what they all had to be joyous about, rather than complaining about anything. A valuable lesson for the right perspective!”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Thank you for giving me a new life through His resurrection. Please, Lord, help me focus on the wonder of that new life. And please help me in not focusing on anything that keeps me from growing in that new life. Amen.