Learn to Celebrate,
Life is too intense. We are too intense. We are too much in a hurry and too stressed out. I have met too many people that are so unhappy, so ungrateful, so worried and burdened. We need to celebrate more. We have lost the spiritual discipline of celebration and of joy. There is a spiritual discipline we need of celebrating. Celebrations brings joy. Celebrations give us permission to laugh, to joke, to love. Even the serious church-planting, tell-it-like-it-is apostle Paul tells us “4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4.4) Twice we are told to celebrate, as celebration invokes joy. We all need more of that. This world needs more joy.
Reject moody, depression and celebrate. Celebrate the little things. I was celebrating when I saw the sun and it got up to 50. I grabbed my bike and rode around Temperance, celebrating the conclusion of a long winter. I celebrate when I hear of God’s work in lives and the revelation of His love to others. I celebrated with my kids when they call me with a bit of good news, a completed class, an honor bestowed, a goal attained. I celebrate when we dedicate a baby and a family to the Lord at Compelled. Wendy and I will celebrate in a few week as our son marries. When we praise we celebrate God’s goodness. I am convinced this world is trying to snuff out the celebrations that keep our joy.
Isn’t praising the Lord and thanking Jesus really a celebration. At most churches it looks more like a sad vigil of some kind, it should be a celebration of joy as our hearts are filled with gratitude and love for all Christ is done and doing.
God’s people will celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday in just a few weeks. A reminder that He is alive, He is working, and He loves us! Please get to your church to celebrate this history and live-changing truth.
Do you “celebrate” enough? Are you too stressed out? Too intense? Too rushed? Too angry? Too moody? Do you just stand there during worship and praise times. it may be time to really be baptized in the joy and gratitude of Christ.
Plan a celebration. A walk, a run, a coffee with a friend, and mini-party with Christ to thank Him. Allow your heart, mind, life, and home to be filled with joy, and a celebration and grateful heart is catalyst.
This world is full of a lot of sadness. We will encounter many unhappy times, but we must not cease celebrating. We all need learn to celebrate better and to rejoice!