Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Celebrate and Be Glad

July Fourth was a great day of celebration.  We ate good food, cheered people participating in a two-hour parade, featuring the military, students, cars, and a variety of people, and ended the day watching fireworks.  Most of us need more days of celebration. There's a  renewal of gratefulness when we celebrate what was, what is, and what will be.  It's not that we are unaware of the pain and suffering of this world when we celebrate.  But.
Celebration is a recognition that life is a gift even when we experience challenges and hardship.  
We've got to relax, breathe, and release the stress to celebrate the gift we've received. Celebration is a great way to see what really matters in life.  What it comes down to is awareness.  I made it a practice to wake up my kids, each and every day, with the powerful words of Psalm 118:24, declaring we would rejoice and be glad because a new day is a gift.   I will say there were days the kids would put their pillows over their heads and groan when I would say the words.  But.  We need to begin the day with energy and focus to fully experience the gift of life.

This is the day the Lord has made.
      We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24, NLT).

How often do we think about the day being a gift?
The thing is . . . each day is made by God . . . how the day is lived is our responsibility. 
The Psalmist made it clear we need to make the choice to rejoice and to be glad.  These two words are powerful, meaning we need to respond to the day by celebrating with joyfulness and gratefulness.

We've all experienced a never-ending-stinking-hard day.  These are stolen days, time we have missed seeing the gift in the midst of it all.  To celebrate the day with joy and gratefulness regardless of the circumstance requires an awareness of the presence of God and His gift of life.  There's no excuse of missing the day, except for our lack of attention.
We need to routinely ask, Why am I missing it? What do I need to do differently?   
It changes when we recognize what the day is about.
Begin. Recognize God has made the day. Receive the gift of the day.  Live the day with high energy: Celebrate and be glad.

Learning to Kickstart the day receiving the gift, with the intent to celebrate and be glad,

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