Even during those weeks that seemed incredibly tough and draining, I have been able to identify a point of celebration.
Reference: v.2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV Bible)
Explore: During our church service we have a segment called our 'Celebration Cup.' This is a time when anyone can come up the front and share a moment of celebration from their week. In an act of giving thanks they pop a coin into a special coloured box and all the money raised goes towards supporting our sponsor child from the Philippines. In this way, our thankfulness helps someone else who is in need. I have committed within myself to contribute to the Celebration Cup every week. I do this for two reasons. One, I am blessed with numerous coins every week and so have decided to share my wealth with our sponsor child. And two, this is a great chance for me to look back throughout my week and notice points of celebration. Even during those weeks that seemed incredibly tough and draining, I have been able to identify a point of celebration. However, if I had not committed to contributing weekly to the Celebration Cup I may have never noticed the special points of thanksgiving I have experienced throughout my week.
Application: Life can get so busy and hectic at times that we forget to stop and notice the areas of celebration in our week. It seems the stresses and complications in our life take up more of our headspace. It's important to have times that we can put aside to really focus on prayer and thankfulness. It doesn't have to be big chunks of time; in fact the celebration cup only takes up a small part of our service. However the significant impact that it makes far outweighs the short amount of time that it takes to complete.
Prayer: Lord, even in our darkness moments there are things we can be thankful for. Help us to take some moments out of our lives to stop and be thankful to You. Amen.
What is something that you are thankful for?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.