The gift of Monday is often missed. It’s when the week is restarted, when the to-do-list is renewed with responsibilities and obligations, and when the agenda has the feel of a new-beginning and a fresh start to all that comes our way. But. Today is an extra-special Monday. It’s Tiffany’s birthday, a day to break away from the ordinary pace to celebrate and give thanks.
I’m a believer in celebration, even when life is tough and seems impossible. Celebration changes the way we see the day, re-igniting gratefulness for all the moments of life we’ve received, and giving us reason to look for the presence and power of God.
And. There’s something to intentionally celebrating, pushing past discouragement and despair, looking for what matters in the moment, believing God always has something more. The thing is . . . celebration is an attitude . . . which not only impacts how we live but others. And. When you come down to it, when we celebrate life, it makes God glad.
It’s not that we should dismiss the hard stuff; however, to celebrate we need to see there’s more to life than the circumstances of the day. The declaration in the book of Ephesians powerfully says what matters at the end of the day:
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God (Ephesians 3:18-19, NLT).
Take time to re-read these words. We are made complete through the life and power of God, underlined with indescribable love. This needs to be meditated on, it’s what matters, the key to fulfillment and celebration.Realizing the power of God’s love changes the way we see it all.
So. I’ve begun a list, not necessarily in order, and definitely not completed. Here’s some things I will celebrate today, recognizing it all comes fromf the love of God:
- My community of faith, family, and friends.
- Simple things . . . a cup of coffee . . .laughter . . . flowers and candlelight.
- Sunshine and rain.
- And . . . Tiffany.
I will keep adding to the list, intentionally celebrating one moment after the other, experiencing these divine love-gifts, refusing to waste any of it, trusting there’s more than can be seen.
- Experience the fullness of life.
- Celebrate the love God all day, every day.
- Make a gratefulness list and celebrate each item.
Learning to Kickstart the day celebrating what matters.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)