By Congressman MARKWAYNE MULLIN
As we prepare to celebrate Easter—the resurrection of Jesus and His victory over sin and death—it is important to keep our eyes focused on fulfilling God’s call to us—to be the light of Christ in the world.
In the midst of one of February 2015’s snowstorms that caused major headaches for drivers stuck on the slick Oklahoma highways, I was reminded that there are many within our communities who answer that call on a daily basis.
On that day, I encountered Lt. Jason Sebo of the Muskogee Salvation Army at a truck stop near Okemah after Jason had been to Shawnee to retrieve a family friend. The friend had recently undergone surgery and Jason was bringing the young man to his home in Muskogee so the Sebo family could help him recover.
Even the snow coming down with the full force of winter would not deter Jason from helping this young man. And, during our brief conversation at the truck stop, I saw someone shining the light of Christ for another in need.
There are people like Jason across Oklahoma—and thank God for them all.
In the Book of Luke, Jesus tells his disciples, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”
I have the privilege of meeting with many outreach, charitable and service groups throughout our district and our state. Their dedication and commitment to helping others constantly impresses me. Yet, it is also heartbreaking to hear day in and day out of the tremendous needs and challenges facing people today.
There is far too much brokenness and hurt in the world. But it is never too much for God, and that is why Easter reminds us to look at our lives and evaluate how we spend our time and our resources. Are we responding to His call?
The busyness of daily life can distract us from the amazing impact we can have through our time, talent and treasure. The needs in our community, our state and our world never cease and the ways we can all help fill these needs are plentiful. Fortunately, we do not have to look far from home to see ways we can be of service.
Easter’s meaning can be seen in the everyday acts of people across Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District—showing friends, neighbors and even total strangers the light of Christ and the hope that can be found in Him.
May God bless you and your family this Easter.