April 20, 2014 | Kurt Strueh
When I was asked earlier this week if I would create a blog on Celebration, the very first thing I thought of was the song “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang. You know this song! The one from 1980 that is played at every wedding reception you have ever attended. Well, if you don’t know this song or just need to get in the mood to read a blog on celebration take a couple of minutes to listen to this song again.
I do apologize because you will be singing this song the rest of the day. Did you notice that this video has been watched over 22 million times? We really want to Celebrate something. What did you Celebrate this last week? Was it the snow on Tuesday? Perhaps it is the sun and 70 degree day that we will have today. Are you too worried about something or stressed to celebrate the little things in life? In Matthew 6:25-34, we are told not to worry that God will take care of us. God is going to feed us, give us something to drink and clothes to wear. I just hope it is not Kool’s outfit from his video!
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Earlier this week I was able to hear the story of two missionaries that ZPC supports in Mongolia. Twenty years ago, when they started, Mongolia had less than 10 Christians. Most of the people in Mongolia are either Buddhist or Muslims. The Buddhist population believes in reincarnation. They are told that if you have been bad in this life you will be reincarnated as a goat or stray dog. The Muslim population is told if their family does not sacrifice a sheep on the mountain, they are destined for a fiery after-life.
Over Easter, we remember that Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive us our sins. He has been our sacrificial lamb. But wait, then he beat death and rose to heaven (Luke 24:1-35). That is why today in Mongolia there are over 45,000 Christians. These new Christians are truly celebrating Christ our Savior. This is a perfect week to talk about Celebration!
What are you going to celebrate today, this week, this year? Can we all remember the Easter Celebration in September? Can we carry this Celebration with us every day? Can we invite someone else to join us in the Celebration?
So I believe that Kool & The Gang had it correct when they said:
“There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you
Come on now