Spring and Summer are filled with many opportunities to practice celebration with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Graduation, weddings, and holidays are natural events to celebrate. We also can celebrate relationships, personal achievements, homecomings, and even the weather. All of these are blessings from God who encourages us to rejoice in the good things He is doing in our lives.
What is celebration? When we gather with others for an intentional purpose, to enjoy ourselves and each other, while focusing on God’s greatness and sharing stories of the work God is doing in and through the lives of the people.
Why do we celebrate? Scripture tells us to be joyful and to rejoice in the Lord. Celebration is a perfect way to do this.
Be Joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Things to remember when celebrating:
- Be intentional about what you are celebrating. This can include big and small events: some will be predictable, let some be a surprise.
Hoidays and big events.
- Really focus on the uniqueness of the person being celebrated. (Make it personal. Our family likes to be outdoors so a lot of our celebrations tend to be outside in some way.)
- Have a spirit of thanksgiving for what you are celebrating. This is an opportunity to give God credit for the blessings that you are celebration.
- Notice God’s presence in your celebration. Reflect on God’s goodness. Include prayer and share the stories of God’s good work.