Celebration. Christians should be people who celebrate. If we don’t have the best reason to celebrate, who does? We can celebrate the very Author of Life and Existence. We should be rejoicing in Him, His creation, His salvation plan, His blessings, His gifts to us … rejoicing!!
Now, granted, we don’t feel a natural inclination to celebrate everyday (and some are even less inclined than others!) But we need to reclaim the art of celebrating if we have not already done so. Take time to celebrate. Invest your energy and creativity. It is worth it.
Christians need to be well versed in two kinds of celebration: spontaneous and planned. We should be prepared to have a “hallelujah” party on the spot for a child, a brother or sister, and even ourselves! Perhaps someone has just received a great score on a test, gotten that long awaited job, successfully performed their first piano recital for the public, or made it on base every time at bat! Pull out the balloons, take a trip to Sergi’s (our family’s favorite pizza place), invite friends over and have some cake, whatever! Just lay hold of the opportunity to celebrate His goodness and to let them know how special they are to you. God lets us know how special we are to Him. We need to do the same for each other, so make their special moment big! Magnify Him in it!
Planned celebrations are just as important. Human nature is prone to forget His past faithfulness; establishing traditional celebrations provides an opportunity to reflect on His goodness.
Children love traditions. I have found over the years that if you do something two years in a row it becomes an established tradition in their young minds. After all, two years is a large percentage of their lives. Consequently I would hear the words, “But we’ve always done it this way!” even when I hadn’t thought of it as a tradition yet!
Traditions create opportunities to teach and instruct children in your testimony and faith, as well as personally stir up a fresh appreciation for what He has done.
Sometimes Christians get caught up on what to celebrate, feeling that only the truly “religious” events merit such attention. May I remind us all that He saved us to the uttermost. Our whole life is to be holy and consecrated. There is no part of what we experience from which He is separate. He created life itself, so celebrate life! He created our gifts, so celebrate our gifts! He taught us diligence, so celebrate someone’s diligence! Just celebrate His goodness in all its forms, which are plentiful in our lives.
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!
Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
We should be the people that know the joyful sound. We should be rejoicing! So let’s celebrate our children. Let’s celebrate each other. Let’s celebrate Him!
Magnify Him in our lives and all He’s done. He is worthy!