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Pastor Thom Bryant

Connecting - February 2020


Celebrate REALationships

You didn't really think winter was going to just pass us by, did you?

Here we are in the coldest and shortest month of the year, February. It may be a short month, but it is packed with observances, holidays, and events. In the US alone it is American Heart Month, Black History Month, National Bird-Feeding Month, National Children's Dental Health Month, and Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. Then there are those major individual days like: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and National Freedom Day (2/1), Super Bowl Sunday and National Tater Tot Day (2/2), National Frozen Yogurt Day (2/3), Rosa Parks Day and World Cancer Day (2/4), National Wear Red Day (2/7), National Pizza Day (2/9), Valentine's Day and Single’s Awareness Day (2/14), Susan B. Anthony Day (2/15), President's Day (2/17), National Margarita Day (2/22), and National Banana Bread Day (2/23). Some might seem a little ridiculous, but I'd be willing to guess that some of you really wish you had read this
before breakfast on the 1st now.

If you haven't noticed this about me yet, I love a reason to celebrate... especially if it is a little ridiculous! We seem to take so much in life seriously and put so much weight on moving ahead that we forget that we were made to celebrate. That's right... you were created for the purpose of celebration!

Yes, we have each been given gifts and talents for the purpose of work in this world so that we are able to survive and provide for our families and others. However, we often forget that we are more than just surviving. We get so caught up in the cycle of chasing "more" that we don't even realize we are thriving, not just surviving. We put strange expectations on ourselves and those around us to achieve that next goal or to feel like we got through the day.

If you feel caught up in the "daily grind" right now, please, do us both a favor? Pause. Take a minute and put down everything that feels like work and take an honest look at the abundance around you.

Having trouble getting started? That's fair and honest. Start right there. Who has been fair and honest with you in life? When is the last time you reached out to them or let them know how much that means to have someone you know is trustworthy in life?

Well, what are you waiting for? This is the part where you put this down and make that phone call, send that text, write that letter, or go give that hug.

GO! I'll be here when you get back.

Well? How did that feel? How do you feel about that "grind" now?

Guess what... you just celebrated! Not only did you just celebrate, I would go so far to say that you celebrated in one of the greatest and most overlooked ways there is available. You acknowledged a REALationship in your life and how it makes a difference in it. You took a moment to share gratitude for how God has used someone else to help transform your life for the better. Another human being has revealed a little bit of God's hopes, dreams, plans, gifts, graces, and love for you and you are doing the same for them. That is a celebration greater than any banana bread ice cream sandwich for breakfast while wearing your red pajamas on Super Bowl Sunday could ever be.

This is the shortest and coldest month of the year. That doesn't mean it can't be your warmest and most meaningful one of 2020. If you keep looking for those REALationships and reasons to celebrate, they will have a greater chance of taking place. I also happen to know a great place that has a very conducive environment for them to be seen and known. It just so happens to be a conducive environment for celebrations to happen freely in so many different forms. That's the whole reason this building called church exists. Its sole purpose is to be a place where we can gather, grow, and go show the world the reason to celebrate. The best of it is... God is with us!