Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:… a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Yes, there are times we need to cry, mourn, work hard, be introspective, and be intense, but there is also time to savor the good stuff of life and celebrate. OK… cue the 1980’s Kool and the Gang song “Celebration.” The truth is according to Judith E. Glaser, in her on line article in Psychology Today entitled “Celebration Time,” celebrating in the work place “helps meet people’s needs for inclusion, innovation, appreciation, and collaboration.” Judith’s article goes on to say celebrative conversations trigger chemicals in the brain that make us feel good and enable us to be willing to take the needed risks to press on and excel even more. To make time to celebrate is a good thing!
A while back I heard of a few families that were enjoying a day at Disneyland, along with a few thousand other people!! The lines were long and each land was packed. One family was in awe of the park. To them, each moment was magical and warranting celebration. They would get in line and celebrate the length of the line with a fun game. They would hoot with joy at being the next to get on the ride. As they exited the attraction, they would ‘high-five’ each other, celebrating the joy of the journey. As they headed to the next location they would rehearse the exciting parts of the ride and celebrate with a churro. The other family was quite different. Celebration was not on their minds. The lines were too long. The park was too crowded. The costs were too expensive. They were even entertaining conspiracy theories that this whole environment was manipulative, like the luscious smell of popcorn was wafted out so we would buy popcorn. The dad actually said, “I bet they have people walk around with merchandise so people will want to buy it.” To this family everything was a scam to drain them of their dollars. They were not celebrating at all. Yet, for the first family, the celebration created a fun and wonderful memory that has lasted a lifetime. Celebration makes a difference.
God desires for us to make time and take time to celebrate.
Ecclesiastes 3:13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 149:5 Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
God instructed ancient Israel to celebrate many festivals as part of biblical custom. Feasts and celebrations like Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles or Ingathering). In addition, Purim, and the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) and a weekly Sabbath and the feast of the New Moon every lunar month. If God instructed His people in the past to celebrate it must be an important choice in life today.
I know for me, I get going and cram my days so full I have no time to celebrate. Yet, celebration is important and something we should make time for. I want to be like that first family at Disneyland and make time to celebrate. How about you?
Church is a great place to practice and participate in celebration. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love to celebrate with you.
Seeking to make time and take time to celebrate along with you,