For those of you who know me well, you know that I love this time of year!  Part of my excitement ties in to the fact that winter is officially over!  Another reason I anticipate flipping the calendar is the hope that accompanies spring.
What do I love about spring?

1.      Enjoying God’s creation, specifically:
  • Green grass
  • Morning dew on that green grass                                                                                     
  • Flowers blooming                                                                                                                
  • Leaves on trees                                                                                                                   
  • Fresh air that doesn’t take your breath away when you step outside
2.    Jogging without having to put on gear to fight off the cold.
3.    Following Michigan State basketball’s journey through March Madness.  It is always interesting to see which
       team will rise to the occasion, fight through adversity, and earn the opportunity to cut down the nets.  
4.    Most importantly, looking forward to Easter and reflecting on Christ’s death on the cross, His burial, and His
It is so difficult for me to comprehend the pain and suffering that Christ went through for me!  It is so easy to get caught up in the challenges and busyness of this life and take for granted what Christ was willing to endure for me!  I often reflect on the following passage:
Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)                                                                                    
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Considering the great lengths to which Christ went to demonstrate His undying love for me, how could I give him anything less than my best?  I think this passage definitely ties in with our church theme this year of being bold.  As we sacrifice of ourselves and seek to be used by the Lord for His purposes, I’m praying that God will grant us all the courage to be bold for Him, not only this year, but in our remaining time here on Earth!
Mr. D