Easter is arguably the most reflective time of the year. People across the world prepare their hearts to approach a weekend that commemorates the most impactful events in all human history: the death and resurrection of Jesus.

These events are incredibly precious and personal to believers, but they are also profoundly bigger than us. They sparked a movement that is still going on in the world today—an impact we are called to be a part of.

Explore this impact with us through a series of Easter journal prompts, drawn from our new 3-day devotional on YouVersion, Real Impact: Perspectives From the Life of Jesus. Pause and reflect on three significant moments in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and allow them to inspire you to live a life of compassion.

A woman and child talk together. Text on image reads: Real Impact. Perspectives from the life of Jesus.

These Easter journal prompts are complementary to the YouVersion devotional, Real Impact: Perspectives From the Life of Jesus. Although it is not necessary to read the devotional, it will certainly enhance your time of reflection.

A cross stands on a hill overlooking forested hills.

The impact of humble obedience

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'”

Matthew 26:39

  1. Meditate on the phrase “Not as I will, but as You will.” How can adopting this prayerful attitude deepen your relationship with God and enhance your impact on others?
  2. Write about a moment when you witnessed someone demonstrating humble obedience to God. How did their example impact you?
  3. Consider the role of trust in obedience to God. How does deepening your trust in His character and promises empower you to surrender your will to His?
A small white church building is nestled in some rocky hills. The steeple has a cross.

The impact of life in community

“When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.'”

Luke 22:14-15

  1. Reflect on the ways Jesus’ example of life in community challenges you to break down barriers and reach out to those who are marginalized or overlooked in society. How can you respond to this call in your own life?
  2. Write about a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone to build relationships with people who were different from you. What did you learn from that experience?
  3. Describe a moment when you witnessed the power of genuine community in supporting and uplifting those in need. How did that experience make you feel? How can you partner with others to create moments like that?
A crown of thorns sits on a bed of greenery.

The impact of resurrected life

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!'”

Revelation 21:5a

  1. Reflect on how Jesus’ resurrection impacts your understanding of suffering and adversity. How does the promise of eternal life bring comfort and strength in times of difficulty?
  2. Write about a time when you witnessed God bringing new life out of a seemingly hopeless situation. How did that experience deepen your trust in God’s faithfulness?
  3. Consider how you can actively participate in God’s work of renewal and restoration in your community. What practical steps can you take to bring hope and healing to those around you?

Want more? Here’s a bonus prompt.

Throughout this Easter weekend and beyond, continue to reflect on Revelation 21:5a “I am making everything new.”

How does this promise shape your understanding of God’s ultimate plan for redemption and restoration? How can you join God in bringing life-transforming impact to a world that needs it?


This Easter we celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. His impact is precious and personal. But it is also profoundly bigger than us.

Let’s live a life of real impact.

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Rebekah Malbrecht

Rebekah Malbrecht

Rebekah Malbrecht is a Content Specialist at Compassion Canada. She loves to wrestle with words, shape stories and document happiness. You're bound to find her where there are books, people and birthday cake.