I married into a family of “celebraters.” My wife’s family simply like to celebrate on every occasion they can! I think this is fabulous. In the Bible, we see examples of people celebrating, like in the Old Testament when the Israelites would commemorate special events by putting stone markers, or new leaders were selected amongst the people.
Another quality or disposition that is encouraged in Biblical texts is gratitude. It is this posture of the heart that stops bickering in its tracks and leads to a more celebratory, happy state of being. “Rejoice always, pray continually, given thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
Toward the end of February, us Cub Scouts will be recognizing Lord Baden-Powell’s birthday. This will be done by having a pot-luck banquet, as well as through the Scout Sunday service, where the Scouting movement is highlighted by the church sponsor. At the banquet, skits, songs and cheers will be performed by the youth, and at the service there will be a parade and the minister will draw our attention to the benefits of Scouting.
It is fitting, whatever you volunteer, charitable or work activities to recognize excellence, celebrate milestones and bring achievements to light. It helps propel us to further heights!