Easter has not always been a special occasion for me. Before I became religious, it was just another day...but now, trying to live a Christlike life, the day has new meaning for me.
And now, having children, I also enjoy the secular side to Easter. I love watching the children color eggs and go Easter egg hunting. Their joy is contagious.
But as I reflect on the deeper, more sacred part of Easter, I hope that I am teaching my children how to enjoy both the secular and the sacred.
Today's Sunday School lesson was about magnifying our callings, and what kept coming to mind was how it doesn't matter what our calling is...everything we do should be about bringing ourselves, our loved ones, and those that we know to Christ. If what we are doing isn't furthering that goal...then we probably shouldn't be doing it.
I am not saying that there isn't a purpose for fun and frivolity, for even these things can bring us to Christ...I am just saying that we shouldn't care more about the program than we should for the people we are supposed to be serving.
This lent itself nicely to learning in Relief Society about having a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
As I progress on my spiritual journey, and experience highs and lows, I have to say that I am currently in somewhat of a low. It isn't really a low, but it seems low compared to the spiritual high that I have been riding. And it is taking some adjusting.
I think that I could do so much more to serve my Heavenly Father. I'm not beating myself up, I am just saying that I know I can and should do more. As was pointed out today, the only thing that I have that is truly mine, is my free will. And if I am willing to do what my Heavenly Father wants me to do, then I am making the ultimate sacrifice that is available to me.
So that's my goal.
As I think of my Savior and I remember why He came and why He died, it makes me think of why I am here and why I live...There is purpose in my life, and I think that as I really remember that purpose, I will continue to progress and be better.
What joy and hope the Atonement brings and I am grateful for it.