I love a celebration. Not necessarily a party, but a celebration of accomplishment. Some days that accomplishment is surviving the week (or perhaps the day.) On other occasions it’s the anniversary of your birth, or being married to the same person for longer than the world expected. (anything more than 6 months.)
But my favorite celebrations are just because . . . because the season is transitioning from one to another, the tomatoes are particularly flavorful this year, a newly discovered recipe, a three day weekend, grand-babies, wildflowers on the road side, the smell of rain, old handmade quilts, friends, family, life in general. It really doesn’t take much for me to be up for a celebration! Too often we wait for the big events or the calendar to dictate when and what we should celebrate. We run the risk of missing out on some great moments if we pause only to recognize those categories of events.
Everyday life is worth celebrating.
Every day, life is worth celebrating.
The celebration I’m talking about doesn’t require extensive party planning or guests lists. Look around. Expect that every day there will be something worth celebrating. Perhaps Paul described it best when he challenged us,
. . .whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Phillipians 4:8 NIV
True, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy! That is quite a list of “whatevers” from which to choose. And choice is the key. I can choose to see each day as ordinary, as EVERYDAY, the same. Or I can choose to look for truth, nobility, the right, purity, beauty and excellence. I really don’t have to look far and likely, neither do you. Our world is focused on negativity and darkness. But good is out there because it is within us.
As we choose to see the good and be the good – we celebrate the good. What can you celebrate today?
- Take a brief walk and breathe in the beauty and majesty of creation.
- Turn off the television.
- Look, really look at the hands of a loved one.
- Grab a few wildflowers from the roadside and place them in jar.
- Toss a Frisbee.
- Bake cornbread.
- Send an unexpected note of love / appreciation.
- Sing a hymn while bathing your child.
- Write/draw on your porch with sidewalk chart.
The list is endless. Just look around you at the goodness and beauty, then pause – and celebrate!
In His grace,