|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Enjoy the journey by redeeming the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your strength.” “Nehemiah 8:10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Take time to celebrate”
Celebration is a spiritual discipline. It’s true. In Richard’s Foster’s classic work “The Celebration of Discipline” Foster lists “celebration” as one of the basic disciplines of the Christian faith. Along with things like prayer, Bible study, fellowship, worship, and acts of service, frequent times of celebration are an important part of practicing the Christian faith. Celebration is good for you and it should be a regular part of your life.
God’s people have a long history of engaging in fun times of celebration. For the Old Testament Jews, their entire calendar revolved around a series of pre-planned annual festivals and celebrations. King David danced in the streets of Jerusalem as he led a parade. Jesus attended a wedding in the village of Cana and He even turned water into wine to assist with the celebration. The Christians in the early church in the book of Acts spent a lot of time in each other’s homes sharing meals and good company.
As was noted in a previous devotional in this series, the Bible refers to feasting, celebrating, and dancing more than 150 times. That’s because celebration is an important part of life as a child of God. After all, who has more to celebrate than those who are blessed by God and who have the promise of eternity in heaven?
As Richard Foster teaches in his book, celebration is actually a discipline that we’re to practice for the sake of our spiritual growth. That being the case, we have to be intentional about it. We need to plan for it. Enjoying the journey by redeeming the time can and should include times of wholesome celebrations with family and friends – it should be fun and joyous. I encourage you to celebrate.
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