Devotional for Friday December 4th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
Our Bible verse for today: “But the father told his servants, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:22-24 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Celebrating is already a big part of your life”
Human beings are naturally inclined to find things to celebrate. It’s just part of our nature. We like to be happy; we like to feel good; and we love it when things turn out well for us. So, we are predisposed to find reasons to celebrate. And that’s a good thing. As we’ve already learned, celebrating is good for us. It helps us to better appreciate life, it helps to relieve stress, it draws people closer together in a festive way, and it leads us to be grateful to God.
Also, celebrations are already more a part of your life than you realize. We already celebrate a slew of major holidays including New Years, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Then there are all sorts of minor holidays like Columbus Day, Susan B. Anthony Day, Confederate Heroes Day, Ground Hog Day, and so many more. Did you know that every single day of the year has multiple designations as being the national day of something? “National Pickle Day”; “National Donut Day”, ‘National Eat Your Beans Day”; “National Cow Appreciation Day”. There are more than a thousand national days of something.
Then add in all the personal celebrations like family birthdays, graduation ceremonies, job promotions, and a hundred other occasions which call for a celebration big or small. In Luke 15:22-24 we read about a father who put on a big feast to celebrate the fact that his wayward son had come home.
The fact is that we humans like to celebrate. It is an ingrained part of our nature and it’s good for us. Tomorrow we will consider the fact that God has established a long series of religious celebrations as a regular part of life for His people. But for today, I encourage you to find a reason, big or small, to celebrate. It shouldn’t be hard. You’re already preprogramed to celebrate anyway.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim 
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