Happy St Patrick's Day

Leprechauns, good luck, and 4 leaf clovers lead the tale of myths created around St. Patrick’s Day. But is there another story you haven’t heard that is based in truth? You probably think of beer, shot glass necklaces and the green light to overindulge on all the food you can eat when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. However, there’s more to this widely celebrated holiday then green party hats, shamrocks and parades.

 St. Patrick originally had a vision that told him to bring Christianity to the Irish people. That’s right, St. Patrick was a Christian. And even more so, the “Feast Day” for St. Patrick was to recognize his significant contribution to bringing Christianity to Ireland. During his time, some say St. Patrick baptized thousands of people (many say 100,000) and aided in the startup of over 300 churches.

 Starting as a religious celebration in the 17th century to honor the life of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, this day has now become synonymous with face paint, loud music and heavy drinking and eating. How can we learn from this when it comes to our faith, our forgotten truths and the things we celebrate? What can we do to hold on to the truth of why we do what we do and not lose the true meaning of our actions?

 As you think about those questions in other areas of your life, you still can enjoy St. Patrick ’s Day in a way that resembles the real reason it became a holiday in the first place. Here are 3 ways to use St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the joy, love, and light that Christ represents.

 1. Stay green. Green is a color that represents life, vitality, and growth of new things. Enjoy the day in your favorite green t-shirt or sweatshirt. You can add accessories like mugs, hats, and glasses to top it off. This can help remind you of the new life you live in Christ.

 2. Contribute. Instead of consuming large amounts of food and drinks, contribute them to your local charity. While others are feasting on way too much food for their bodies to handle, you’ll be helping solve world hunger and famine.

 3. Share messages not myths. While others are talking about rather or not Leprechauns are real and looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you can share the message of Jesus and the promise of eternal riches unknown to man. Share your personal testimonies, your blessings and your reliance on love over luck.

 Share this with your friends and family. They probably don’t know that St. Patrick’s Day is more about the birth of Christ than it is about good beer. It’s a forgotten little-known secret that St. Patrick’s Day is originally a day that recognizes faith, not just good food and drinks.