Spiritual Disciplines of a Leader: Celebration and a Heaven-Facing Posture

August 19, 2019

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Today’s post
is part 11 of our Spiritual Disciplines of a Leader series. Previous
posts in the series include Spiritual Disciplines of a LeaderEliminating HurrySabbathSolitudePrayerCommunitySimplicityWorshipStudy, and Daily Examen

“Celebration” 

  • A word we use when we want to recognize a specific
    joyous occasion. 
  • The most overplayed song by Kool and the Gang, used
    at weddings, graduations, and bat mitzvahs.
  • A word that we may use lightly in an everyday
    context. 
  • Celebration is at the heart of the way of
    Christ
    .” – Richard Foster 

And yet…we
live in a world where we easily gravitate towards the negative and rarely
recognize the positive. We tend to focus on the bad things happening in the
world before we notice the good. We look to the regret of the past more than
the hope of the future.

So how do we live life with a heaven-facing posture? 

Obedience leads to joy.

“The joy of
the Lord is our strength.” (Neh 8:10)

Obedience is
a word some might say is cringe-worthy because we associate it with following
rules and conforming to authority. But in this context, we are following the
guidance of a Father who loves us. Joy is the end result of the other spiritual
disciplines.

So how do
we celebrate well? 

Club

In Psalm 150,
the people of God are practicing celebration with the playing of instruments,
dancing, and singing. Sounds a lot like Young Life club, a “party with a
purpose!” 

Leadership

Throughout
scripture we see a model of celebration beginning with thanksgiving. Have you
ever spent time in a leadership meeting raising cans of LaCroix and toasting
what the Lord has done? Gratitude leads to celebration.

Contact
Work

We celebrate
God’s creativity in how he uniquely designed each person. When we show up at
our high school friends’ music concerts, art shows, and theater productions –
we are not only supporting them, but also celebrating God’s goodness in them.

Campaigners

What would it
look like to make your Campaigner gatherings a celebration this semester?
Elegant food? Prayers of thanksgiving? Serving others? Surprises? Dressing
fancy? Let’s remember what God has done and celebrate it together!

How are you modeling the practice of celebration?

“Celebration gives us
the strength to live in all the other spiritual disciplines.” – Richard
Foster

“These things
I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be
full.” – John 15:11 

Enjoy this
Spotify playlist for CELEBRATION!

Written by Marissa Brogden. 

Marissa is currently on YL staff in Livermore, CA, having
recently served with Young Life Military/ Club Beyond in Germany. She is
focusing on developing Young Life and Wyldlife in her area and loves reality TV
shows and boy bands.

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