Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter:)

As many of you have already learned, Easter is my favorite holiday for many reasons. The biggest one is because it is like a new beginning, my new years if you will. It is a reminder that I can start over, that I can start fresh... that Jesus Christ died for me so that I can make mistakes and learn from them and repent. Easter represents new life, a time for celebration and gratitude for the sacrifice of our Savior, so that he could be resurrected so that I can gradually become more and more like my Savior and be worthy to live in his presence someday, with my beautiful family. Every Easter I try to make a resolution to be more like my Savior.

Jesus Christ is the only person who has ever walked the face of the Earth as a perfect being. He was the greatest teacher and he taught BY example. So that is what I resolve to do! I want to be a better teacher through example. Sometimes, I let my temper get the best of me, or I'm a little more idle then I should be- and then I expect my kids not to yell, or not to sit in front of the tv for prolonged hours at a time.

In "You've got to Read this Book" Rafe Esquith said that "To Kill a Mockingbird" opened his eyes to a whole new way of teaching. He says,

"The number-one rule in raising children is to be a role model. I saw that if I wanted to be a truly great teacher, I had to be the person I wanted my students to be. If I wanted them to work hard, rather than lecture them, I had to be the hardest worker they had ever seen. If I wanted them to be kind, I had to be the kindest person- even and especially when times were bad and others were unkind."

When I read that statement, it was like a slap in the face! So many times I will tell my kids not to do something and then I'll go and do it myself...... SO- with that being said- It's Easter and with the help of my Heavenly Father and the example and resurrection of Jesus Christ- I can change:) I CAN become a better teacher, I can be a better example for my kids and that is exactly what I am going to do!

What is your Easter resolution?