What I learned about Easter from a wild goose.

Lately, one of my favorite evening activities has been to walk the fairway behind my house and look for lost golf balls. If you haven’t been to my house, we live on a golf course. We don’t get free golf, sadly. However, I usually find about 10 golf balls each time I go out, so that’s something!

As I was walking yesterday, I came upon a mother goose watching over her eggs. I must have crossed her “don’t come near my babies” line because she raised up and let out a hiss that can only be described as terrifying. If you happened to be just at the right spot on Greenbrier Blvd., you were treated to the hilarious sight of a grown man in a full sprint in fear from a goose that never moved.

I’m not proud about that, but it did give me a particular thought. What if we were as passionate about inviting people to church as that goose was about protecting her unhatched babies? What if we understood our mission to be as vital and necessary as that mother goose’s? It certainly is.

I haven’t spent a ton of time reading 2 Timothy, but I did come across a passage that has just lodged in my heart lately. From the International Children’s Bible (don’t judge me…) 2 Timothy 1:10 says this, “Jesus destroyed death. And through the Good News, he showed us the way to have life that cannot be destroyed.”

Life that cannot be destroyed. Wow.

When you share the story of Jesus with someone, you’re inviting them to discover a life that cannot be destroyed.

Not by depression.

Not by sickness.

Not by fear.

Not by addiction.

Not by brokenness.

Not by pain.

Life that cannot be destroyed. Period.

Why? Because Jesus destroyed death… and when he destroyed death, he destroyed every weapon that death wielded. They were all stripped of their power. Again, Paul puts it this way in Colossians 2:15, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

So let’s release our inner wild goose… full of passion, energy, and purpose. Let’s invite our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members to church this Easter. We have a powerful story to share, and we need not shrink back from it. And when they see the way to have life that cannot be destroyed, let’s make earth look more like heaven, joining the celebration taking place among the angels.

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