Tuesday, May 10, 2011
There are times in our lives when, despite life's challenges, our hearts can feel so full they might explode. May has produced one such month for me. Besides delighting in my daughter's ninth birthday, there is Mother's Day, and later my own birthday followed by Memorial Day. It seems we spend this stretch moving from one celebration to another.
It occurred to me the other day how much God created times like this for our souls. Celebrations produce many valuable things besides the obvious surface enjoyment.
Celebration creates a time to pause. We stop the treadmill of our ordinary days to denote more remarkable ones. For just a little while the daily demands and challenges have to wait because we have something much more exciting to do. There's time to eat cake... and to receive flowers ...and to just relax in laughter together. Where would we find ourselves without such breaks! It refreshes the soul and brightens our spirits.
No matter how heavy life is today, make sure you take time for those celebrations your Heavenly Father has placed in your life. Enjoy them to their fullest. And grant them the opportunity to accomplish all God meant them to in your life and the lives of all around you. They go far beyond a mere party!