It’s not your job to question it; it’s your job to celebrate it.
We were all gathered in the family room one evening watching a football game. It came to a play that resulted in a touchdown for our team. I was wondering why my husband Jason and my son Bryce weren’t more excited. That’s when I realized that the referees were reviewing the play. My Jason and Bryce were discussing and deliberating the touchdown. They were wondering if the touchdown would be upheld or not. I was just kind of shocked, and I said “Geez guys, it’s not your job to question it; it’s your job to celebrate it.”
I paused in that moment. Wow, what depth that statement had. We go through life questioning everything, even when good things are happening!
Good things happen. and instead of taking time to celebrate in that moment, we delay the celebration. We look at what might be wrong. We dissect things apart to make sure that it is for real and won’t let us down. Then once we feel that nothing will go wrong, that’s when we finally celebrate. Why do we do that? Why aren’t we celebrating good things right when they happen?
Well, one reason is because we are skeptical. We are skeptical because of things that have been done in the past. We are skeptical of other people. We are skeptical of other people’s actions.
In other football games that my husband and son had watched, touchdowns had been reversed, taken away. For some teams, they had celebrated early, only to have the points taken away. What a let down!
But I have good news! Life isn’t a football game. When something happens that we should celebrate, our referee, God, is not going to stop everything & replay past mistakes or review what you have done to make sure it’s worthy of a celebration. God is not going to let us down, so celebrate when it matters.
I can honestly tell you, I don’t remember who the teams were that played that night. I don’t even remember why the touchdown was being reviewed. The one thing I did remember was the most important thing, the reason they should have been celebrating in the first place, the touchdown!
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43:19 MSG
Don’t wait to celebrate! God is doing things in our lives. God is doing things in our churches. God is doing things in our homes. God is doing things everywhere, even this very moment. Are you watching? Are you listening? Look for it, then celebrate it.
Don’t live your life in replay, reviewing everything that might be wrong or could go wrong. Celebrate. God is doing something new. That makes me so excited! Don’t miss out on it by watching replays and dissecting it to make sure it’s for real. Don’t miss out on what God is doing in your life and around you. Celebrate it; don’t question it. Need a reason to celebrate? Look no further:
“The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love.” Zephaniah 3:17 CEV
Author | Abby Hubbard
Abby Hubbard has served as the director of GLOW Women’s Ministry at Mansfield First Assembly since 2012. She is married to Jason and is the mother of two children, Bryce and Sarah.
You can read more of Abby’s work on her blog, Still Finding Peace.