Happy Easter! He is risen!
Though I'm optimistic by nature, the true source of my hope comes from Christ. He chose to endure an agonizing, humiliating death to pay the penalty for all of my sins -- past, present, and future. That level of sacrificial love is beyond my human capacity to fully understand. Yet, that is how intensely God pursues us. And, that alone is worth every ounce of gratitude I have to offer.
But, God didn't stop there. Through Jesus, He actually defeated death! Yes, DEATH. Had Jesus remained dead, his sacrifice would have been in vain. Our human deaths would still have been the end of our existence. Only Christ's resurrection ensures our life after death. A life WITH God, if we choose to accept it. And God wants us to be with Him; He wants to spend time with us! We were lovingly designed to have a personal relationship with our Creator.
That is what Easter means to me... the God of this universe pursuing ME out of pure, unconditional love. And so, I pursue Him, too. Not people, not things, just Him. The more I do, the less I get in my own way of the best life He has planned for me.