In my house, we celebrate almost everything. We love to celebrate the accomplishments of our nieces and nephews and our siblings and parents. And sometimes, we just celebrate getting through another week. Celebration and gratitude keep us sane and grounded in a wild world.
To cultivate more reasons to celebrate, one of my family traditions is to look ahead regularly and dream about what’s next for us: like hoped-for vacations and more time with each of our families. But our celebration-cultivating-dreams goes deeper.
We like to ask each other questions that are at the heart-and-soul of our relationship and our life together.
- In what ways are we becoming who/what we think Christ wants for us?
- In what ways do we want to draw nearer to God, both together and separately?
- In what ways do we want to draw nearer to each other?
- What are we learning from our past?
This past Sunday, as a church, we celebrated 10 years together, which made me reflect deeply about the good things God gives us and God’s faithfulness to us.
And I just can’t say it enough! I feel joyful, hopeful, and eager for Highlands Church North Denver’s life together. God is with us, guiding us, and has amazing plans for us. As a church, our hope is firmly planted in the hope we heard about on Sunday (If you missed it, listen or watch it or on our new app now available to download). “God never makes mistakes,” our guests, Karen and Eric reminded us. And our hope is the same hope that the Prophet Jeremiah felt. “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” God reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11.
As Highlands Church begins our second decade together, may we find hope in each other, hope in our God, and hope in our mission of “doing justice, loving-kindness, and walking humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8)
Before our celebration fades into year #11, give some thought to those heart-and-soul, life-together questions. Questions like these can guide us to live with hope, eager for the future.