Adam Wainwright is a regular contributor to The Increase and will be providing monthly articles and opinions.
This year my Easter looked surprisingly different from the usual spring Sundays I’ve experienced since I started playing professional baseball.
Over the last few years, our coaching staff has come up with a competition to improve our bunting during spring training. Especially as pitchers, it’s so important that we get our bunting game down, so the competition was set. They created brackets for us, pitchers in one bracket and and the rest of the team in another. I ended up winning the pitchers’ side of it and then went on to beat the position player champion as well. The grand prize was to have a day off—any day of our choosing. I wanted to pick a day that would maximize our time as a family, and Easter Sunday seemed like the perfect day for that. This was the first year in a long time that we’d be able to spend this holy day as a family, celebrating Jesus and sharing in the festivities together.
It was so much fun to watch my four daughters (ages 9, 7, 4, and 3 months) get all dressed up with bows in their hair to go to church, have our morning brunch, and then do an Easter egg hunt. We read the story of the Resurrection to our girls first thing, and then my wife made “Resurrection rolls”—croissants stuffed with marshmallows: the croissants represent the tomb and then when you heat them up the marshmallows melt to represent that Jesus’ body isn’t there anymore, He’s alive!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” —1 Peter 1:3
On Easter as well as on Christmas Day, my wife and I love showing our girls that the holidays are a lot of fun; we love to celebrate, decorate, and have fun, but these days are about something so much more—how our Savior Jesus Christ fulfilled prophecy and defeated death.
Living the Christian life is about walking with Christ daily. As followers of Jesus, having an open relationship with Him, it’s very important that we are in constant contact with Him every day. That doesn’t mean that I am always facedown or on my knees in prayer, but it’s about having a constant attitude of praise and prayer to God.
“You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.” —Acts 2:28
If it really is a relationship that we’re called to have with Jesus, He should play into all our decisions and every part of our lives. When Christ is in the center of my life, He fills me with a peace and joy that nothing else and no other relationship in life can match, and decisions made with Him at the center get the best possible outcomes. It is because of Him that I am alive.
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