Practicing Celebration

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” -C.S. Lewis

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Celebration matters to God.

We’re called to practice celebration because of the many things it will do within our hearts. Richard Foster says that “celebration is central to all spiritual practices.”

If you find yourself struggling with envy, bitterness, disappointment or grumpiness – ask yourself: are you practicing celebration?

Celebration matters to God.

The practice of celebration anchors us to God’s JOY. The practice of celebration reminds us to live today in the light & hope of the ONE DAY promise that God will set all things right.

You’ll see the theme of celebration all throughout the Scriptures. It has a way of growing our gratitude, strengthening our connection with others and grounding our faith in a God who was not just active long ago – but IS active in our here and now…

How is it possible to be joy-filled person in a pain-filled world?

Because Jesus told us that we could have his joy and his joy would make ours complete. (see John 15:11)

Because we are promised to never be alone again. The resurrected Savior walks with us through it all.

Because we’re fueled by a promise that will be kept by the Great Joy Giver. He who has great things in store for us today and forever.

Because we have a living hope…

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice,though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. -1 Peter 1:3-6

God’s joy can empower us to endure the hardships we face in the NOW.

God’s JOY is > than earthly happiness.

True joy, as it turns out, comes only to those who have devoted their lives to something greater than personal happiness. One test of authentic joy is its compatibility with pain     ~John Ortberg

Some of the most joy-filled people I know are the ones who have endured great suffering.

Celebration helps us live in the light of God’s great promise to make it right one day. He pledges everlasting joy with no more heartache to those who trust in Him.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.’  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” -Revelation 21:3-4

May we learn to practice celebration more. May we allow the JOY of the LORD to truly be our strength. (see Nehemiah 8:10)

Besides, nobody likes a grumpy Christian. 

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