Recently I had the opportunity to hear Jon Acuff speak. I don’t know if you are familiar with him, but you need to be if not. He works for Dave Ramsey in Nashville, speaks across the nation, has written some books, and writes regularly here and here. He is HILARIOUS yet also speaks some solid wisdom. He spoke on….well, lots: creativity, work habits, learning, editing, mastering, harvesting, starting, support, and more. One of his points resonated deeply with me, and I keep mulling the idea around in my head: the importance of having a “Celebration Table”.
A “Celebration Table” speaks of an invitation to a select few who will come and celebrate you.
We lean on each other, share burdens and concerns, and pray, but often when the really great thing happens, we downplay the situation, not wanting to be arrogant and prideful. Sometimes we are just exhausted at the end of a journey and don’t want to call attention any more to a situation because we feel we have already worn everyone around us out talking about it. However, “there is a time for everything under the sun”, and we need to embrace times of rejoicing in answered prayers, accomplishments, a finished race…..and celebrate!! This is a fun part of life, and these moments need to be lived full when they come!
There is a reason there is such a big hoopla at the end of a race because there is accomplishment, a finish, a victory, and it gears one up to want to do it again and again. Would times of perseverance change if we envisioned the party at the end and then literally had a “Celebration Table” when it was over? I’m thinking about my own life, about friends walking through healing in marriage, about professional projects going on with others, personal goals, medical issues. I SEE these people. I’m walking with them as they are with me. What we are doing is HARD, and a party will be in order when it is over.
Not to poop this party so soon, but a comment Jon Acuff made to keep in mind is being careful who you invite to your “celebration table”. They need to be the same ones you would welcome at a “challenge table”. These are the ones who can speak freely to you and you will listen, who tell you what is wisdom and truth, and who will walk the distance with you in sun or rain. These are the ones you celebrate when a party needs to be thrown for them while you are still walking in the dumps.
I’ve been in a long waiting season, and let me tell you…….I’m planning my “celebration table” party in my head. I can see faces I will gather. Some of this party will need to be a virtual experience as not all live close to me, and I’m going to have to think creatively as these people are most valued in my life and sit in prominent places in my heart. Candles will be lit, the table decorated, the food will be good, and we will pray. I will sigh with relief and breathe in deep the moment because it is not me that we will celebrate, but HE……the Lord…..the One who has been working all things for His glory. Glory! He wants us to see His GLORY! He wants us to celebrate His GLORY!
Yes, bring on that celebration table!