Get Ready! We Have Something to Celebrate!

Get Ready! We Have Something to Celebrate!

Our granddaughter’s recent wedding reminded me not to wait for the big life events, but to celebrate the everyday moments as well. As family and friends, we all gathered to share their happiness at an outdoor ceremony under the vast prairie skies.

Our East India friends miss how their culture celebrates every occasion with feasts. Any measure of success becomes reason enough for them to congratulate and acknowledge God’s goodness. The birth of a baby, a new car, the purchase of a home, a promotion and many other successes present a worthy excuse to rejoice together.

Here in North America, marked by competition and comparison, we often withhold such back-slapping, hand-shaking applause of others. What would happen if we set aside our largely self-centered independence and showed admiration for each other, celebrating their accomplishments?

I often advise those I mentor to celebrate every win! Whether almost imperceptibly tiny or massive, a win is a win worth acknowledging. Celebrating confirms we are making progress and inspires us to keep moving ahead. Above all, our wonderful Lord, who brings us success, is most worthy of celebrating.

“Come, let’s shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!
Psalm 95:2 MSG

Celebrate Others

Let’s applaud the efforts of others even before we see the positive results.

While very young we learn to hide our hurts and mask disappointments. We are unaware of the load people carry under the surface — how many applications they have submitted before they landed a position, how many sleepless nights with a new baby or waiting for a teenager to return home, or how many failures it took to achieve even a minor success.

Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”
Luke 15:23-24

The Father in this story represents God and we are like His lost sons and daughters returning to Him. He saw the son’s return as an opportunity to celebrate with great liberty. The Father didn’t care how many mistakes his child made in the past. He made provision for everyone to share His joy!

May we see each other with the same grace and compassion, looking past weary faces and the stains of life. One act of kindness can turn someone’s day around. Let’s celebrate in tangible ways by

  • complimenting the person filling our tank with fuel
  • tipping the server with cash in hand, acknowledging something well done
  • telling our young children and aging parents how much we appreciate them
  • writing a note of encouragement to someone who has made a difference in our lives

There are hundreds of ways to celebrate those around us. It usually only takes a moment and a few sincerely spoken words. We always have something to celebrate.

Preparation

The greatest celebration on earth pales compared to what is occurring in Heaven.

Celebrate with me! … Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” Luke 15:7

Reports from literally every nation around the world are declaring an increased spiritual hunger and receptivity to confess and repent of sin, turn to Jesus Christ and profess Him as Lord of their lives. The tumultuous times of recent years have only propelled God’s desire to reach the nations.

Can you feel the jubilation of Heaven or imagine the thunderous celebration every time someone gives their life to Jesus Christ? Our hearts are being tuned to the sound of this glorious celebration as sinners find their way to a Savior.

Armies can’t stop Him; borders can’t keep Him out. The mighty Name of Jesus resounds in streets and villages globally as He rescues and redeems. Oh, may the sound of jubilation resonate within us as we join Heaven’s joyous throng. Oh, my beautiful friends, we have something to celebrate.

 “Hallelujah!
Praise God in his holy house of worship,
    praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
    praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
    praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
    praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
    praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
    Hallelujah!”

Psalm 150 MSG

Indeed, it is true! We have Someone and something to celebrate!

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