Easter, a period of reflection

Eucharia Oti

A period of reflection is a time of deep thoughts or meditation over a subject, situation, events etc. It has to do with self appraisal of one’s actions and behaviour with respect to business, activities and other issues of life.
Reflection is very important in ones life because, it helps to reflect ones attention to oversights, exuberberant acts and some human mistakes. Ordinarily, reflection should be a regular excercise in order to keep one on the right track of life issues.

There have been questions/ arguments on the most important season in the Christian Calendar. The answer still remains that all seasons in Christian Calendar are very important. The difference is there peculiarities. The seasons actually start with the advent, which is the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. His coming marks the beginning of the salvation of man because it gave us hope to look up to. Also, if He had not come, there wouldn’t have been death on the cross for the salvation of man. On the other hand, if He had come and not made the cross sacrifice, His coming would have also been in vain.

Though the degree of celebration attarched to these all important seasons in our lives seems to create an impression that one is more important than the other, it is to the contrary.

Though Christmas attracts elaborate celebrations and funfair maybe because, it is tailored towards the end of the year; This also, has its disadvantages and lapses because, many people are carried away by the euphoria of the celebrations; that they seem to forget the reason for the season.

Unlike the funfair associated with Christmas, Easter presents a more sober and reflective mood. One of those perfect periods in life to reflect over one’s life and activities is Easter period a journey of forty days and forty nights which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.

As earlier stated, the first thirty nine days gives us the ample chance to reflect on our life issues, actions and behaviours. A total self appraisal which asks questions like: How have I been relating to people around m? What has been my role in my community? In my work place and business area, how do my collegues see me?

As a wife and mother, have I been deligent with my reponsibilities? Have I been faithful to my husband? As a husband and father, have I faired well? Have I been a faithful husband? Are my wife and children proud of me? ln my residential area, how does my neigbours see me? Even in the church, what do members say about me? Have I been worshiping God in truth and in spirit? How long shall I continue in nuctunal life style?

What general testimonies can people give concerning me as a priest, evangelist, church worker, mother, father, brother, sister, neigbour, colleague etc, living or dead?

As a single sister who finds joy in befriending married men, I sincerely urge you to use this special season to reflect on these questions: How long shall you continue to give your body to a man who is not your husband? How do you feel, sleeping with a man old enough to be your father or grandfather? Do you know that, that man you are romancing has children and has built his own home? Do you know that no married man cares for your future? Do you know that all those sweet nothings he tells you are just baits to get you into his bed?

Forget about the alerts you receive from him, at a very short notice, he does not care for you. On the other hand, have you thought of being on the other side, that is, your Husband sleeping around with all manner of girls? Do you know what is called the “law of Kama”? Have you thought of having your own home?

As a young man befriending married women, have you thought of the consequences of this filth in your life? I can go on and on. There is indeed an urgent need for self appraisal at a time like this.
This is very necessary because, many people tend to live this life, as if there is no tomorrow. It is necessary for us to understand that our tomorrow have multiple roles it plays in one’s life, multiple roles in line with repercussion. It either comes to you or your children here on earth, or mars your eternity.

An Anglican hyme says- Nani olu anyi k’ aga eji cheta anyi- “we shall be remembered by our works”. It is said that the family is the bedrock of the society. This is because it is the little fragments of the family that make up the society. The little ‘drops’ of ill trained children from the families; pushed into the society become deliquents and constitute nuisance in the society, therefore making the society to grow worse by day.

It is a well acknowledged fact that parents do not have time for their children again. The quest for material gains and general economic downturn has gradually transferred the role of parents to househelps. This calls for reflection, so that the tomorrow of our children will be better.

As a leader cum public servant, how have you been carring out the duties of the office you swore to on oath? It has almost become a norm today, that public servants in the government and community development unions see no wrong in converting public funds to personal. To some who find joy in causing confussion and destablising peace in their environment, how long will this go on?

Talking about Easter, as a church leader, how have you been carrying out your responsibility as a leader? It is a shame to note that contemporary Church leaders use their positions to promote immorality in the house of God.

Coveting Church funds is no longer seen as sin. Vices are directly and indirectly approved by men and women, who are supposed to be custodians of God’s people on earth. People do things with impunity without minding whose horse is gored. May God help us.

Let every sincere Christian use this special season to honestly and sincerely conduct a self appraisal. Carry out a self conviction; and humbly ask God for forgiveness and cleansing wherever we have gotten it wrong. Also, ask for forgiveness from whoever you know you have offended, both outside and in the family. I assure you, it is a spiritual and physical healing therapy you cannot find in any shelf in the world.

Why not give it a try and see our awesome God in action. May the blessings of Easter grace our lives and homes in Jesus’ Name Amen !

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