Monday, February 7, 2011

Fight For Celebration

Super bowl.  We had fun watching the game and commercials with friends.  The game was a fight to the end. I actually enjoyed  the  penalty for excessive celebration, which, yes, I know is considered poor sportsmanship.  I get it.  But.  It made me think.  Celebration should happen.  Seriously.  We need to fight for celebration.  There is power in celebrating . . . an acknowledgement that the hard stuff of life can't win . . . that when we live in Christ, . . . we can know with confidence the battle has already been won.  
To celebrate, really celebrate, we need to develop a perspective that God is always present and will never leave us  or fail us, regardless of the impossibilities of the circumstances we face.  The thing is . . . I don't think we could ever imagine doing what we do in life . . . if we were alone and without God. Even so, there are times we live like God is not with us.  
The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God's reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee.  The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree. (Psalm 19: 7-9, The Message).  
In other words: God is with you.  God will direct you.  God will work in your life. 

I’ve learned that what makes life a true celebration, is not something we can make happen, but instead what comes from the grace of God, the promise that He will never leave but, instead, He will go through life with us, directing and guiding along the way.  It might not mean much when life seems to be going our way; however, when things are tough it matters, which is celebration itself.  Period.  If, you have been in a tough place of life you will understand when I say that in those times it seems more important to be rescued rather than to go through the hardship. But.
It is in the tough times we discover the power of living with God as He goes through the valley with us . . . bringing all things together . . . making a way when there seems to be no way . . . working out every detail to the nth degree . . . until . . .  in our weakness we become strong . . . because He has fought for us . . . and won the battle.  
I am inspired when I meet people that get it and celebrate in the tough times.
Celebration is as much, or maybe more, about what happens when you get through the tough stuff as it is when you are in good circumstances.
Celebration comes when you know God has gone through the circumstance with you, directing and guiding you, never leaving you.
Celebration is worth the fight because when all is said and done, Romans 8:37 says it best, those who live in Christ are more than conquerors.
Fight for celebration.  Celebrate.  God has won the battle.  You are more than a conqueror. Experience the power of celebration, especially in the tough times.  
Learning to Kickstart the day celebrating, especially in the tough times,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)