A Time to Celebrate; Guest Piece

Monday, January 12, 2015

I recently read a dear friend’s blog post that led me to spend ample amounts of time thinking. Her blog challenged the reader to think of a word that describes, motivates, or brings you back to reality for the upcoming year. (Take a peek at applesandbandaidsblog.com) Over the course of two days, I thought of hundreds of different words and was able to come up with explanations for plenty. But for some reason, however, I kept coming back to one word. . .

Celebrate: to do something special or enjoyable for an important event

My first thought centered on a 5-year-old's birthday party banner and streamers. The more and more I thought about it and truly got to the heart of the matter, this word made so much sense for such a time in my life.

This year, I’m embarking on a journey unlike any I’ve experienced before. I’m beginning my last semester of college, I’m working 20+ hours a week, I’m graduating college, I’m marrying the love of my life, I’m planning a wedding, I’m applying to graduate school, and beyond that I have no clue what else is to come. This year I can let all these big events in my life pile up, cause stress, and fly by, all while burying my joy, or I could choose to celebrate the milestones.

A recent sermon I heard at home centered on the climb and the summit. We all know about the climb; it’s hard work, it hurts, your whole body aches, you can’t breathe, you can’t catch a break, you feel like your suffering like Job half the time, and the evil one keeps digging and digging at your being

Then, there’s the summit. For some reason, I forgot about that part...you know, the part where you can breathe, you can see for miles and miles the big picture. You can smile, take a pause, and just let it go. I busy my life up or go from climbing one mountain to immediately tackling the next. I forget how important celebrating the summit it.

The more I think about it, the more I believe that celebrating the summit is taking a moment to be thankful for the One who brought you through the climb. It’s celebrating a God that gave His all and continues to do so no matter how big or small the events you tackle are. I am currently reading a book that highlights men in the bible that were encouragers. They didn’t get a whole lot written about their words at the time, but when they are mentioned they rocked it. 

One of the stories that I kept coming back to was that of Aaron. The story is about the Exodus from Aaron’s point of view. A major part of the story is when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and the Egyptians were washed away right behind them. The Israelites celebrated this. They had just witnessed God kill the people that owned and slaved them day after day. They were free. This is quite the call for a celebration. They sang, they danced, and they thanked the Father for bringing them out of bondage. Exodus 15 is a beautifully complete song of joy and thanksgiving to the Lord. There are multiple examples in the bible of rejoicing and celebration.

I want to celebrate the summit. There are climbs of all types and celebrations of all types. My sister got her braces off; we gave a fist bump and popcorn to that. My brother will graduate high school; we are going to laugh and eat too much cake. My parents are facing change like a pro; we played nertz. I’m getting married June 27; yeah, I’m so excited I’m telling everyone I know. 

So for you, you made an A on a super hard test; do a happy dance. You got into grad school; go out to dinner. You finally had a good day at work; bake some cookies. You got a job; call everyone you know and share the joy. Whatever it is, take the time to revive your thanksgiving and joy before taking on the next challenge.

Life is worth celebrating because we have a God that gave His Son so that we could have salvation, so that we could have a hope. Let’s celebrate.

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About the Author:

River Campbell is a 22-year-old college student learning more and more about loving like The Lord. River loves to read, run, and be outdoors. She is excited by a good story and a cup of coffee. River hopes to be forever a learner.


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