This Thanksgiving weekend, Pastor Josh spoke on the spiritual discipline of celebration. May we make the practice of celebration and thanksgiving a daily habit. G.K. Chesterton said:
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
SPIRITUAL STUFF FOR THE EVERYDAY SOUL
Message by Josh Mutter – October 13, 2019
Nehemiah 8:10b Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
THE BENEFITS OF CELEBRATION
1. Celebration rescues us from taking ourselves too seriously
2. Celebration encourages us to enjoy the good things around us
3. Celebration gives us perspective
4. Celebration leads to more celebration
Philippians 4:4-8 NIV Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
1. The practice of celebration is something that we do with other people
2. The practice of celebration is a daily habit