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Chap Chats: Best Weekend Ever

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Monday through Friday can be a grind. With the busyness that consumes our workweeks, many people live for the weekend. Who doesn’t love the weekend? Easter_Tomb_Cross.jpg

Whether you fill your time in the yard, watching games from your recliner or retreating to a peaceful campsite to get away from it all, the weekends can offer a much-needed escape. And while we’ve all experienced great weekends, none compare to the best weekend ever.

More than 2,000 years ago, the events from Good Friday to Easter Sunday changed the course of history. A man named Jesus — who had lived his life performing miracles, healing the sick, and living Love (v) — arose from the dead on Sunday morning, after having been crucified on a cross on Friday because he had “claimed” to be the Son of God.

The events of that weekend have transformed the lives of billions of people. Writing this article gave me an opportunity to rethink how Jesus’ death and miraculous resurrection have changed my life. Looking at my life through the lens of the Gospel message in John 3:16, I discovered these three things:
  • God’s Love: God loves me so much, that he sacrificed his Son, Jesus, to reconcile my sins.
  • God’s Forgiveness: I don’t have to earn my way to God, but rather I need only to “believe in Him” to receive his forgiveness and grace.
  • God’s Promise: Through my relationship with Christ, I have the promise of “eternal life.”
If you want to read more about that incredible weekend, consider reading the original story in one of these Gospel writings: Matthew 26-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 22-24 or John 17-20. After reading up on the best weekend ever, consult the aforementioned John 3:16 to see what it means for you.

About the Author
As our Corporate Chaplain, Sheldon Miles serves as, what he calls, “an emotional and spiritual first responder.” His primary responsibilities include encouraging the weary, providing care sessions for the discouraged, and reinforcing Love (v) with our CAREGivers and support staff. 

When asked what Love (v) means to him, Sheldon said, “Love (v) is not about what you get to receive but about what you get to give. It’s about living your life and following the model given to us by the greatest Love (v) teacher who ever lived …” To that point, Sheldon cited John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down his life for his friends.”

In addition to advocating Love (v) to others, Sheldon walks the walk. He outwardly displays our eight Attributes of Love (v) in his daily interactions with our CAREGivers and support staff, who are invited and encouraged to reach out to him to discuss personal and professional matters that may be weighing on their hearts and minds, from marital issues and financial matters to workplace conflicts and even the loss of a client.

Sheldon comes to Home Instead with 25+ years of experience in the pastoral ministry, most recently serving at a local church in De Pere, Wis. He and his wife have two grown children, both of whom live out of state pursuing burgeoning careers. In their free time, Sheldon and his wife enjoy spending time together outdoors and staying active; in fact, Sheldon has competed in 12 marathons … and counting!


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