God loves to celebrate. He instituted seven annual sacred feasts in the Old Testament. When He created, He set aside one day of the week for rest and called His people to a weekly remembrance of the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Consider the Passover Feast, each year the Israelites set aside a day that included significant preparations for a weekend celebration focused on commemorating the angel of death passing over the houses of the Israelites in Egyptian bondage. Annually that day is followed by the Feast of the Unleavened Bread for a week long celebration of God’s deliverance.
God truly loves celebration. It stands to reason then, that the Spirit of God actively moves in the midst of His people’s celebration of Him. In fact, capturing the work of the Lord and then packaging it for the Body of Christ to see, sets up incredible opportunities for the people of God to celebrate Him.
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan river on dry ground, God instructed them to capture the moment by gathering 12 stones from the river bottom.. Those stones were assembled into an altar….they were packaged for God’s glory. God’s instructions also explained the reason for the stones. “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later saying ‘What do these stones mean to you?….you shall (tell them)….So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:6-7) Capture the moment, package it into a story, so that God can be celebrated by all those who can hear.
Capturing, packaging, and celebrating successes are very effective strategies in the business world as well. Leaders wisely invest in doing so as they communicate to both internal and external audiences. In the Christian community, the positive momentum increases exponentially because the Spirit of God is moving and the God of the universe loves to celebrate and be celebrated. Tree of Life increasingly dedicates significant resources to capturing, packaging, and celebrating the work of God in our midst. The school exists to glorify God. In fact, that phrase is the central component of our mission statement.
As parents we would do well to reread the passage from Joshua 4:6-7. Did you notice the children passed by and asked about the memorial stones. That is because God had them set there as spiritual markers for His glory in the next generation. As you see the Spirit of God move in and around you life and home, set up spiritual markers as reminders of the amazing work of God. Over time our house and lives will be full of the stories of His faithfulness. Tell your children of His work in your life. He raised you up as the primary marker in the lives of your children. Celebrate God often and invite your children to the celebration. Like God, children love to celebrate.
Todd R. Marrah, Ph.D