Here’s what Easter means to me: It’s an annual reminder of how I am to live every day.
Let me get this out of the way: Although I am a certified Christian minister, I don’t practice “Christianity.” I don’t go to church, except for celebratory occasions, but I live the Christ. When going to church stopped serving me, I stopped going to church. I experience more power in my personal life now than I ever did when rushing to the building and ticking off the typical Christian checklists. That has been my journey. I’m not saying, neither do I believe it has to be anybody else’s, and I DO believe that everybody has the right to different journeys.
But I DO see a problem with how too many professed “Christians” live.
I see many professed “Christians,” living in the ashes of defeat (deflated, in despair, hoping, but victory perpetually deferred) and as a normal state of being. For them, going to church every Sunday (for some Wednesday and Friday, too) is a wailing practice — while waiting to be delivered, chosen, favored, upgraded and/or vindicated, or outright begging for the strength to climb the “rough side of the mountain” out of their steadily compounding situations. That, to me, is not a victorious demonstration of “Christ” living.
Oh, you think I mean broke and busted Christians? Not necessarily! It could also be those with lots of money, driving luxury cars and living the suburban life, who may be “successes” professionally according to society’s standards, but their personal lives are a hot mess. They look blessed though! And it rarely dawns on the “Christian” financially astute or the professionally savvy that their personal problems persist because of what they are doing or failing to do. No; instead it’s because of what the devil is doing — “the devil stays busy.”
Live “The Christ”
Stop asking for what you already have and learn how to use it! The power is not out there somewhere. You’ve got the power. You’ve been endued with it.
But how do you activate it?
RISING means that you intentionally CourageUP™ to overcome challenging situations. In order to live a life of rising you have to know it’s not just available to you, but how to activate it anytime and remain a forever student of life, not just of your profession.
Here’s a newsflash for most: LIFE IS MEANT TO BE ENJOYED! That’s why you’re here: to proactively and intentionally be happy — learn more about whatever life presents to you (embrace it for the lessons they are), and grow with it.
There’s nothing wrong with going to church if it serves you, but your church attendance and checklists do not replace your responsibility to do your part in the collaborative equation of you and your God. You are an individual with a unique collective spark of God within you — your individuality! You’re on an individual path for your specific/individual purpose. You must honor the God in you by intentionally honoring and developing your individuality. The herd mentality in churches, in my opinion, hinders this vital connection. The herd in churches needs to call themselves Jesusians (those who follow Jesus –yeah I made that up), because they are not representative of the (rising) Christ that I know.
You’re here (on Earth) for one reason: to be happy and there are only two ways to accomplish it consistently: to learn and to grow. If you’re not learning more about Universal principals and growing in your personal life collaboratively developing with your Source, you won’t rise. PERIOD.
God’s part is already done. You’re already equipped. Here’s your part – ACTIVATE YOUR INDIVIDUAL POWER AND RISE!
THAT’S the symbolic and actual meaning of the Resurrection.
It’s not about dressing up in your spring-colored finest and going to a place. FINE, if it’s what you do, but if you want your life to reflect Christ’s Rising then that’s about more than just the ineffective and repetitious quoting of scriptures in the face of persistent personal problems (and people). The Christ Is Risen. So Rise.
To me, Easter Sunday is to celebrate all the ways I’ve risen because of the Christ in me.
If you’re truly the head and not the tail your whole life will reflect it. It will be obvious that you are wiser about the circumstances you’ve faced because you’ve risen above them, and made them your footstool. It is only then that peace will abound in your life.
People are never your enemy, and neither are circumstances or what you might call challenges, so stop blaming the devil for the stuff you don’t like in your life, or don’t know how to rise above.
Here’s what happens when you decide to become a student of life: Life becomes your classroom. People will begin to teach you more about YOU when you’re a willing student, and you’ll see every “challenge” as a tool to sharpen your resolve. Don’t frown upon either because people and challenges are purposeful; embrace both with the (loving) power within and you’ll rise, EVERY TIME!
Listen: the Bible is a good book, but it’s not the only one. If you want to stop reeking from the ashes of defeat and learn what it’s like to emerge from them like the Phoenix (The Christ) Rising, start reading books about your challenges and getting help beyond the pulpit!