I don’t know about you, but I love parties – food, fun, & fellowship – I’m all about it. The crazier the theme, the greater the fun! Because I like to celebrate so much, I don’t wait for a reason to party to fall into my proverbial lap. Instead, I put my genius to the test and create one.
That’s actually the easiest part. Most of us can think of at least one reason to party: Somebody is getting married. Having a baby or a 50th Wedding Anniversary. There are many, many reasons to whoop it up. Some of you are well-versed in these. First-times are great reasons to party-hearty. First birthday, first tooth, first haircut. Then there are traditional celebrations such as birthdays, dedications, graduations, and coming of age. But surely there are more good reasons to celebrate. And a seemingly infinite way to celebrate each one.
I’ve celebrated some crazy things in my life, like the twinkling of sunlight on the morning dew or a new haircut. I’ve celebrated not getting my hair cut. Ma and I make merry on grocery shopping day. I’ve even celebrated when my kitty peed on the waterproof pad instead of the chair.
Sometimes I celebrate clearing off my desk or cleaning the house. I always celebrate a new purse, clothes that fit, and a day away from home. No matter what I’m celebrating, hands down, the best celebration is with family and friends. Food, fun, and fellowship.
More than anything else, we have the greatest reason of all to party: Jesus. Remember that song? “Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate! He is risen. He is risen. And He lives forevermore.”
So here’s a reason to party: The first day of a new Bible study. Oh yeah! What a great tradition of celebration! Next week we are going to party, party, party. We shall be studying the book of Ephesians in the New Testament. God has so much to reveal to us! It is going to be a great study.
And what’s a party without a playful theme? We’re having a God’s Girls Warrior Princess Party. Oh yeah. You read it right. I’m making the coolest Jesus princess hats (or should I say, helmets), swords, and shields. Not too sure where to find a couple of mighty steeds (my budget is zero), but I do have several old broomsticks and a bit of yarn. Then again, folks might think we’re playing witches and that won’t do. Any ideas?
Swords and shields. Hmmm. Better buy some aluminum foil. Need cardboard too. No palm tree this time around. Perhaps a jungle vine.
I’m torn between wearing a ball gown (with my waistline, that’s probably a very bad idea) or dressing in some kind of an all-black panther-like outfit. Maybe with a colorful toga over it. What does a princess wear under her warrior gear? What do you think?
No, I do not make everybody else dress up! Fortunately, I recognize that it is possible to party without all the accoutrements. Dignity aside, dressing the part is like a visual portrait of the Bible message. And it’s just plain fun. After all, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Okay, that was slightly out of context. How about this:
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4, 5). How’s that for a reason to celebrate?