Choosing Celebration

Sermon Follow Up

 

Choosing Celebration

 

   The other night, we stayed up and watched a movie as a family: Waiverly, my 4-year-old daughter, Declyn, my almost 2-year-old daughter, my wife, Jenee, and me. When the movie ended, a very fun, up-beat song came on that solidified the emotion that we were experiencing because of the outcome. I witnessed both of my girls dancing and singing along without a care in the world. They were celebrating the victory that they had just witnessed. 

 

   Celebration comes from a grateful heart. Two weeks ago, the teens at our church went to winter camp. I know a lot about what they deal with at home and school. I hear a lot about the struggles they have with identity and family life. But on Saturday night of camp, they celebrated like none of that existed. They chose to have a grateful heart in spite of their various circumstances. It was one of the most amazing nights I have experienced in a while because God's freedom was truly felt.

 

Psalms 63:2-4

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

 

   Will you choose to have a grateful heart and experience God more fully, leading you to the abundant life that He has for you? I encourage you to dance like a 4-year-old and have fun with God and the people around you! 

 

Matt

Director of Encounter Youth Ministries

 

 

We want to do the right thing at the right time in the right spirit to become the right kind of people.  

 

Practice time in prayer. Check out Pastor Tim's challenge of 30 minutes in daily prayer here.

 

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