Halloween has just passed. I hate Halloween. I have nothing against dressing up in funny costumes and certainly nothing against candy or the consumption thereof. There are so many reasons why Christians should avoid promoting and celebrating Halloween. Just read up on the internet. It’s all there.
It just makes sense to me that if you are going to celebrate something, it should be because it has some meaning that gives you a reason to celebrate. For instance, we have two birthdays coming up this month. I love those two boys and want to celebrate that they are in my life, so I will celebrate their birthdays. I celebrate Christmas and Easter because I love Christ and want to celebrate Him. I celebrate 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and veterans day because I love America, those who have given of themselves to make America what it is, and all the blessings that being American provide. I’m not big on Valentines Day for reasons I will make clear shortly.
For me, everyday is a day to celebrate. No matter how bad the circumstances of the day may get, I have a reason to celebrate. When you are a Christian, everyday is Valentine’s Day. If I choose to focus my mind and pay attention, I can experience God’s love and presence everyday, no matter what I am going through. When His grace floods in to my situation, it just washes everything away except the fact that He loves me and is working in my life. That’s why Noah could pray in the belly of the whale, Paul and Silas could sing in prison, and the three Hebrew Children could step confidently into that fiery furnace. As a Christian, every situation is a win-win situation because whether we live or die, it’s all good! Grace abounds to us on earth and heaven awaits when earth’s journey is complete. The battle has already been fought and the victory obtained on our behalf! If that’s not reason to celebrate, then I don’t know what is!
I am so thankful that Christ has already won the victory. I’ve read the end of the book and glory awaits! These passing days, in all their goodness and badness,are no more than a blip on the radar and compared to eternity, will mean very little in the grand scheme of things. So if you are having a great day, rejoice and enjoy the grace and goodness of God. If you’re having a bad day, remember that there is a better tomorrow awaiting and lean on the grace of God to help you keep things in perspective. It will surely give you strength to endure and even overcome and that is reason to celebrate. And at all times remember that God is in control of your life and all that comes to it. Look for Him in every situation. You will find something to celebrate!