I’m joining the Five Minute Friday community with Kate Motaung this weekend…5 minutes, no rewriting, and a one word prompt…
Celebrate seems like a big word to me. Not because of its length or the number of letters in the word, but rather in what it means.
To celebrate – to observe with ceremony, to praise widely, to make known publicly. (Dictionary.com)
We celebrate major accomplishments with parties and holidays with big get-togethers. The word celebration even sounds fancy and extravagant. Society goes over the top with bigger and better celebrations, often for the attention it draws.
But perhaps “celebrate” doesn’t have to only mean bigger and better, and doesn’t only apply to milestones and big events.
What if there’s reason to celebrate every day, but we’re missing it because we’re looking for something cake-and-decorations worthy?
The little things deserve celebration too, but in a different way—a quiet, reflective, pat-on-the-back, praise God way.
You move forward despite the fear that threatens to stop you.
You decide to face a new day even though the pain makes you want to hide in bed.
You step out in faith, following God’s lead, without being able to see the future.
You remember to turn to God’s truth before letting the negative thoughts and regret take over.
You put everything aside and allow yourself to relax and enjoy a beautiful day for the first time in ages.
Celebrating doesn’t mean adding more to your to-do list. It means stopping to acknowledge God’s work in your life…to see God’s beauty around you…to congratulate and cheer someone else on.
Most of the time, we don’t need a party—we need someone to say, You did great!...Good job!..I’m proud of you!
Other times, we just need to sit quietly with God in thanks and praise for the strength He gives us to keep moving forward, one step at a time.