Following Our Dreams!
One can characterize Eastertide in a lot of ways: New life, a new normal, accepting forgiveness of sin, putting others first, self-sacrifice, following our dreams, and so on. But perhaps most important for me is that Eastertide has within it a clear call to follow Jesus. Let me explain.
Many people these days have a dog- and dogs are a pack animal and are programmed, so to speak, to follow the leader. And interestingly enough, dogs tend to follow humans around. Take Charley. When I least expect it, I turn around and almost step directly on Charley! Sometimes I do step on him because he follows me so closely. Charley has an inner need, I think, to follow something or someone.
Early in the Gospel of John, Andrew, and another unnamed disciple have been in the group following John the Baptist- learning from him, and becoming his disciples. But as Jesus comes on the scene, John the Baptist firmly directs all those who have been following him to now follow only Jesus. Hmm, it seems like a life-lesson for all of us.
Finally, who and/or what do you follow? Why do you follow after certain things, people or beliefs? Isn’t our life as Christians a clear call to follow Jesus- an invitation to follow our dreams?
See you Sunday,