The last four days have been a whirlwind of celebrations. From a birthday, to dinner with friends, to soccer game wins and a bridal shower for a treasured friend, we had some good times.
We are always sure to celebrate the big things in life such as holidays, birthdays, graduations, reunions, marriages, retirements, sports victories…I could go on. But how often do we celebrate the small things.
I kept a baby book for each of my four children. I can honestly tell you that like most larger families the book for my first child is much thicker and more filled in then the book for my last. We noted every little detail of the first three years of our oldest child’s life. We celebrated everyday the new things she was doing and how she was growing. By the time our fourth child came along, well, we had been there, done that. Our children should be celebrated…all of them…everyday…even the small things they do…because they are worth it!
What happens to us as we continue to experience something over and over, why does it lose its joy? Why do all of the big things we celebrate often lead us to a post event let down? Why do we seem to just not care as much about the little things? What about our faith? Do we celebrate the gifts from God as often as we should?
I honestly think the answer to most of those questions is perspective. Joy is a choice, an action and a feeling. We can choose to continue to celebrate the everyday with our attitude. We can care about the little things. We can remember what God has done for us, in us and through us. We are free to celebrate!
I came across this Psalm. I think it’s a perfect reminder to celebrate freely the good things…all of them!
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.