“Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from His heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of His right hand. (Psalm 20:6)
Sometimes it feels like we are stuck in a rut of disappointments. We get to the point we are expecting bad news because we have had so much bad news. Yet I don’t think the Lord wants us to stay in a state of gloomy expectations.
Recently I was struggling through several days of depression and just feeling “off” mentally. I was dreading going to see my diabetes specialist because I was unsure how much, or if my blood sugar had improved. I also suspected I had gained some weight from the inactivity of this winter. To my surprise, I had not only lost some weight, my blood test showed overall improvement in my blood sugar levels.
Expecting bad news, instead I received good news.
We need to celebrate our victories. We certainly bewail our losses and difficulties. Indeed, I think we must celebrate even the small victories as they are very important to those of us who live with affliction, disease, pain and suffering. It is too easy to overlook the many victories God gives us, both small and large, and get caught up only in a mindset of focusing on our difficulties.
Perhaps you received some unexpected financial blessing, or perhaps a family member was recently blessed. Maybe you got an unexpected visit from an old friend. Perhaps the diagnosis from your doctor was not as bad as expected. Celebrate it! We are blessed in many ways, and I think when so many things go wrong in our lives, we can easily overlook or dismiss those things that go right.
Today maybe the sun is shining after several gloomy, rainy days. Perhaps someone made you your favorite meal or dessert. Perhaps someone took you out to eat at your favorite restaurant, or sewed you a quilt, or called you out of the blue just to let you know they care. Celebrate it!
Maybe your favorite song was playing on the radio today, or your dog or cat nestled up beside you to show their affection. Maybe your child got a good grade in school today, or an older child got a new job. Celebrate it! I think we are only limited in our appreciation of the small and large blessings by our own imagination and by getting into a rut of expecting gloom and disappointment.
So what are some of the blessings that have come your way this month, this week, this day? Who in your family has been blessed of late? What surprising blessing has God brought your way lately? Perhaps it is time to look beyond the very real challenges and difficulties in our lives and start adding up the blessings, large and small. We might just be surprised to find those blessing and victories add up to much evidence of God’s goodness in our lives.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive us our complaints, and help us to count up our victories instead. Help me find a victory today and celebrate it. Amen.
About the Author
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. His desire is to focus more on his victories than on his difficulties.
Do you find it is easy to overlook the victories in your life? Have you tried adding up the victories God has given you and your loved ones?
This is an 80s video of Kim Boyce singing “I Just Want to Celebrate” – I remember listening to Kathy Troccoli sing this on one of her albums and it always was uplifting. Celebrate! -Lisa