In my last post we chatted about how do you define celebrate. After celebrating my husband’s birthday “not my way” my idea of what celebrate means has shifted. “It’s not about me, it’s about him” (the person being celebrated.)

I also discovered something else — not only was Randy more satisfied, so was I. I was more satisfied because the goal was to communicate how much I valued Randy. It was really less work and I actually achieved my goal. By letting go of big decorations, fancy food and as many people as the house would hold, my actions simply said, “what you want, Randy, is important to me.”

If that works with Randy, I wonder if it would work with the most important relationship in my life, God? (It’s okay everybody, Randy knows he is 2nd and he wouldn’t have it any other way.) What if I would lay down what I “think” makes God happy and actually pay attention to what He tells me is important to Him. What a novel idea, “It’s not about me, it’s about Him.” Did you get a chance to look at Psalm 100? Psalm 100 is the beginning of my scavenger hunt in God’s Word to discover how God says He wants to be worshipped.

Psalm 100

 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

 

Here just a little of what I gleaned, these are the action words that stood out,

  • Shout
  • Serve
  • Come
  • Know
  • Enter
  • Give Thanks
  • Bless

Jesus said “True worshippers worship in spirit and in truth” – in other words they are active participants. Have you ever had a conversation with someone whose body was there but their mind was elsewhere. Not very rewarding or engaging.

This week as you MAKE time to spend with God, keep in mind, “It’s not about me, it’s about Him.” Shout, serve, come, know, enter, give thanks and bless. Anticipate how many of these you can do this week and think of how many different places and ways you can actively worship God.

One of my family’s favorite phrases is, We are on an adventure.” Please join me on an adventure this week celebrating God His way. After all, “It’s not about me, it’s about Him!”

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2 thoughts on ““It’s not about me, it’s about Him.”

  1. Peggy, your scavenger hunt took me to a chapter that is so familiar that I almost didn’t see what you were trying to show us. Your excitement was almost like riding in a car with a first-time tourist to a mountain vista. But your excitement was not that of a novice, instead that of a ardent teacher, passionately pointing out vistas that can be missed by casual onlookers. Celebrate is the word I’ve been using a lot lately in my teachings, but it has taken on new meaning as you refocused on a chapter that was so precious to me as a child. The words that kindled fresh passion in my heart were not the verbs, because I’m committed to doing the “come, serve, give thanks” part. What I miss sometimes is the joy and energy that is a critical part of the celebration according to Psalms 100. “You showed me is that when my heart is to celebrate Jesus His way…the celebration changes from rote to captivating. As I joined your scavenger hunt I saw why the celebration was so happy and loud and energetic! (So obvious, but I never saw it before!) Celebrating Jesus, Celebrating God, His way…the right kind of celebration takes us into His Presence…a place where we are totally valued, totally accepted, totally loved. verse 3 “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His, we are his people, the sheep of His pasture.” This gives new meaning to the word “belonging.” We belong at that party. We fit in at that celebration, because He made us and wants us to be there. He cares for us like a shepherd cares for his sheep. And then verse 5 “For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” And He’s good! He’s good. Thank you, Peggy, for taking me on the scavenger hunt with you. I found pure gold. What’s the next clue on this amazing hunt?

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