I confess: I once owned a 45 of “Celebrate Good Times” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band. For the younger crowd, a “45” was a small version of vinyl album and had two songs, one on each side.
As a church leader, it’s important that I set aside time to celebrate. We serve a God who is worthy of our praise — and who gives us much to celebrate.
Teams benefit tremendously when we celebrate together:
- It reminds us that God is still active, no matter how good or bad the present situation may be. In fact, he is often more active than we realize.
- It allows us to encourage those who may not get encouraged. Every team has those who serve quietly. Behind-the-scenes doesn’t translate to less important.
- It keeps us focused on the positive when we might be tempted to wallow in the negative.
- What we celebrate we often replicate. Think about that and then think about the last thing you celebrated.
Encouraging the heart is a responsibility of every leader. The demands of serving can be just that, demanding. Even tiring. A well-timed celebration may not make the work magically disappear; it will give a boost of energy hard to measure.
In that spirit … enjoy this blast from the past.