, Muskogee, OK


April 7, 2012

Decide who you want to become

Easter is foremost about faith.

Easter should teach us about renewal and second chance.

Easter should remind us how far we have to grow in forgiveness and love.

The lessons highlighted today should stay with us forever.

It is never too late to give or take a second chance.

Surrounded by family and friends on this day, we should reflect on our blessings and our opportunities for growth.

Look at yourself in the mirror today. Look at yourself through the eyes of your loved ones or your enemies.

Take a deep look.

If you don’t like what you see — change it.

Resolutions are not just about New Year’s.

Resolutions can be made every day.

Work to be a little more forgiving.

Try to be a little more understanding.

Strive to be a better person.

We are all human. And, as such, we are all flawed.

But, Easter tells us that we can forgive others and care about them.

During a presidential campaign year, it is easy to try to think of someone as Democrat or Republican. It is easy to see someone as your idealogical opposite — a threat to your thinking.

That is not the meaning of Easter.

That is not the meaning of faith.

This day, and every day after, should give us reason to strive to understand we are all a very small part of a bigger plan.

In our maker’s eye, we are not so different as we might think.

We are not separated by our ideals or our political affliations.

We are judged by the character in our heart, not by how we voted.

Take time today to remember who you are and where you came from.

Take time to consider where you are going to wind up.

Take time to remember the meaning of Easter.

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