Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Art of Celebration

"Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny." -- Chinese proverb, author unknown

Everyone has their own inner battle and set of sufferings and challenges. Nobody is perfect. Everyone has had to experience deep pain in one way or another. But the difference between people is what they do with their suffering, what they do with their pain- and that difference will either make a person strong in Christ or it will break them into tiny messy pieces that nobody wants to try and get in the middle of.

The amazing thing about Christ is that He promises us joy a midst all circumstances.
Not just when things are going right.
Not just when we are healthy, when our family is happy, and when we have lots of friends.
But in our deepest pain, our grief, our loneliness, when our heart breaks
Christ tells us that we still have a reason to celebrate.

We always have something to be thankful for.
We have a Father who loves us.
We have a God who created us in His own image and calls us His beloved child.
We have hope because we have a future home in heaven.
We have love because Christ loved us.

It's easy to complain about life, and think that what we are going through is so hard.
It's easy to play victim and try to get someone else to save us or to feel sympathy for our needs
But Christ calls us to rejoice even in our sufferings
To find peace in Him and hope in His name

He calls us to celebrate
And sing praises to Him for all days
Just as ancient martyrs could sing while they were being burnt into flames on the alter
May we learn to sing to Christ and praise His name despite whatever struggle we are facing

Phillipians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.

May our prayer be that God would be honored in our weaknesses, in our wins, in our losses, and with every breath we take and that others could see the joy we have in Jesus' name and want to follow the loving God we know.

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