July Stewardship Corner: Celebrate Simply

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

This month’s theme is Celebrate Simply. I wanted to share this article from The Mind’s Journal because it is a good reminder of why making time to celebrate is so important.
Why Is It Important To Celebrate With Your Loved Ones
Life is a blessing. There are a few unfortunate people who do not come to appreciate it in time. They are mostly stuck in chasing a better lifestyle, promotions, and other career-related goals. While building a career and carving out a place for yourself in the world is important, it should not come at the price of sacrificing the small but priceless joys of life. It is known that people who are very driven in building up a successful career almost always end up achieving their goals. They, however, do not make the happiest and most content of people. Life offers us a variety of occasions to celebrate and rejoice with our loved ones. We should welcome these as they come and enjoy them to the maximum while we can as there is nothing more unpredictable than life.

Following are some reasons why it’s important to celebrate with your loved ones:
1. Inculcates a sense of meaning and fulfillment to our lives
Celebrating important occasions can be a great source in reminding you of the importance of life and its gifts. It can help you feel the fulfillment and sense of meaning that we usually miss out on while being caught up in our daily routines. This is very crucial as life, otherwise has the tendency to feel empty, shallow, and without a purpose. 
2. Adds fervor and flavor to life
Celebrating with your loved ones adds excitement to an otherwise dull and monotonous lifestyle. When family and friends gather to celebrate key moments, it makes these moments all the more special and uniquely blissful. It takes a great deal of self-sufficiency and courage to be able to celebrate alone and that is okay, too. However, celebrating with your loved ones has an unmatchable distinction.
3. Gives us everlasting memories to cherish
To create a great bunch of memories, it is always a good idea to invite as many people as you can. Like they say the more, the merrier. This provides more opportunities for long-awaited meetups and leads to the creation of loads of happy and fond memories. It also fills us with optimism and hope.
4. Introduces gift-giving opportunities
We show our love by taking thoughtful and carefully chosen gifts for our loved ones on important occasions. You can commemorate the occasion by giving something useful and precious, something you would like for yourself.
5. Instills gratitude
Being surrounded by our loved ones makes everyone incredibly happy. If you just stop for a couple minutes and start observing each and every happy face that is there around you, it will fill your heart with pure gratitude for all of it. After all, family, friends, and loved ones are the people that are there for you in your hardest times. They are there to pick you up when you fall, to help you out of despair and sadness. Seeing them all smile and laugh and having fun is a priceless feeling that is hard to put to words.

When Should you Celebrate?
You do not always need anniversaries and birthdays to reunite and enjoy together. There are several other important occasions that can be celebrated all through the year. The following are some occasions that you should celebrate the first chance you get.
• A graduation party
• The first day at school
• College acceptances
• Recovery from an injury
• The night before everyone goes off to college
• A promotion
• Finishing a huge project at work
• Starting a new job
• Accomplishing a personal goal
• Accomplishing a fitness goal
• Winning an important tournament or a match
• Overcoming a fear
• A pet joining your family
• Getting a driver’s license
• Learning to play an instrument

We should always look to enjoy life to the maximum and not waste a single opportunity of spreading smiles and happiness around us. Our days in this world are numbered and they are going to go by anyway. It is a hundred times better if we spend them by distributing joyful moments. These will continue to live on forever.

Submitted by Nancy Mooney