How many times have you said: “I just need..., then I’ll be happy”? Being content where you are is easier said than done. We see highlights on social media from the lives of our friends and families and they all seem to have these perfect and wonderful lives. But they are just highlights, and they rarely reflect the true nature of those lives. I often have to remind myself: comparison is the thief of joy.
The National Day of Prayer (NDP) is a very special day in the calendar of the church year. Oh, Christmas and Easter are very special days that Christians around the world are celebrating and remembering in many different ways. But the National Day of Prayer (NDP) is unique in a number of ways. First of all, this is a day of prayer that all Americans are encouraged to participate in as we pray for our cities, county, state, and nation. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
We gave out about 120 of these little Peep bunnies attached to invitations to our Community Egg Hunt and to Easter Sunday services. They went to all of our children's outreach efforts; like our preschool, after school and the elementary school Kidz Club. It struck me as quite appropriate as I thought about how many of these children have just been introduced to Jesus through these programs. They all knew about that hippity, hoppity egg hiding Easter bunny, but a great percentage did not know about God's great love for them. They do now!
Author Timothy Paul Jones tells the story of taking his adopted daughter to Disney World. I won’t ruin it for you, but for years she was denied going by her original adoptive parents. When she finally experienced the Magic Kingdom, here was her response:
“Daddy, I finally got to go to Disney World. But it wasn’t because I was good; it’s because I’m yours.”