Philippians 2:12-18 discusses what it means to be a proactive disciple of Jesus Christ, what motivates disciples, and the key to faithful discipleship. Philippians 2:12-18 Encourages Pro-Active Discipleship Discipleship requires balance. Because on one side it invites...
When you celebrate with others, you create a positive effect. Like tossing a rock into a pond, it creates affirming ripples that benefit everyone.
When You Celebrate With Others You Lift Them Up
I had a conversation one day with the father of two elementary age boys. He enthusiastically described their soccer skills during a recent game where both scored multiple goals.
He talked with fatherly pride. Celebrating their victory and development as budding athletes.
I understood where he was coming from. As parents raising a family, we celebrate when our children succeed. And invest in their lives to help them learn, develop and grow. Because we want to see them live productive, fulfilling lives.
And I celebrated with him. Congratulating him on the win and success of his boys. Like a cheering fan. And affirmed him as a good dad. For taking the time to coach his sons and teach them how to play the game.
It’s what all parents need. To be cheered on. Encouraged. Congratulated. Because parenting is a tough job. And the encouragement lifted him up. His smile broadened. His eyes filled with joy as he cherished the moment. No, he didn’t always get it right. But this time he did. And my participation in the celebration made it even sweeter.
When You Celebrate with Others It Blesses You
Celebrating with others is not always easy. Or come naturally. Because we tend to compare and compete. And feel threatened when another person out succeeds us.
But when you celebrate with others, it’s like an antidote. Because as you lift them up through celebration, it lifts you up too.
And in a day when tearing others down is the norm, there is a desperate need for people who build others up. That understand life is not all about them. Or meant for us to go it alone. But that God designed us to live in community. To support one another. And we are better together rather than apart.
When You Celebrate With Others You Generate A Positive Influence
When you celebrate with others you recognize their worth and value. You affirm their importance as a person made in the image of God.
I was in the check-out line of the grocery store one day. And both the cashier and the bagger were high school age young men. Working jobs I knew easily grew boring and monotonous. Scanning and bagging an assembly line of products for eight hours.
But these two young men were energetic and on task. And worked with speed and efficiency as they checked me out in record time.
I smiled when they finished. Thanked them. And commented how well they worked together as a team. And the positive effect was immediate. They straightened. Grinned at one another with a sense of pride. And checked out the customer behind me even faster.
It was a small celebration with a big impact. And that’s the point. When you celebrate with others you spread positive goodwill. Something most of us will probably agree we can use more of.
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