What "newness" can you experience this Easter-time? Is there an old habit or an old belief that you would like to switch-out for a better one? Even habits and beliefs have new-and-improved models.
I love Eastertime. It is a time to celebrate new life, rebirth, renewal and resurrection. What brighter hope is there than hope in eternal life . . . a life that springs eternal? Easter is a time to open our eyes to the symbols of "newness" that surround us (all reminders of eternal life) like new baby chicks, new green buds leafing out, Easter scriptures and poetry, or ideas for making Easter eggs on Pinterest. It's a time to remind ourselves that we all get second chances to be new again. I can't think of a better messenger than Jesus Christ to remind us of the new beginnings that WE can have whenever we decide the time is right to change and make ourselves a little (or a lot) better. This talk reminds me of that.
The next time you see a flower or tree that has just bloomed, a baby in a stroller, or a new cloud forming in the sky outside your window, remember: you, too, can be new again through the atonement of Jesus Christ. A sincere prayer and the help of the Lord's Spirit will help you know what you need to do to feel re-newed. Your old thoughts, habits or beliefs can change with an immediacy that only the Lord can provide. Or, at least, a plan will come into your heart and mind on how to change with time and dedication. He wants us all to feel joy. His love is unconditional.