I recently stumbled upon an entrepreneur who is launching a brand new product to help fellow entrepreneurs launch their ideas.
He basically defines and classifies the success of business people by two categories: those with an OWW mentality (there’s so much to do, I have so far to go, I’m never going to get there), and those with a WOW mentality (I’ve really come a long way, I can’t believe how many small steps I’ve taken, who would have thought I could learn so much).
The theme of his concept boils down to one simple message: celebrate!
I find this so applicable to not only the working side of our lives, but also the living side of our lives.
It’s not about what you have or don’t, it’s not about who you know or don’t, it’s not about what you accomplish or don’t, rather, happiness has everything to do with what you choose to celebrate.
Celebrate: to publicly acknowledge something of significance – a day, an event, an idea, an act, a thing – as a way to commemorate, mark, keep, honor and remember an important occasion by engaging in an enjoyable activity.
I tell you all of that to say this:
Christmas is a time of celebration.
New Years is a time of celebration.
But quite honestly, every single day is a time of celebration.
The beauty of Christmas and New Years is that it teaches us so many great concepts that we can apply throughout the year.
- Focus on Him.
- Gather with those you love.
- Give more than you get.
- Spread love, joy and peace.
- Tell the world about His Good News
- Be filled with hope, wonder and good cheer.
The theme of Christmas boils down to one simple message: celebrate!
It’s not about what you have or don’t, it’s not about who you know or don’t, it’s not about what you accomplish or don’t, in fact, it’s not about us at all. It’s all about Him!
Happiness has everything to do with Whom you choose to celebrate and I’d call that a pretty big WOW mentality.
”Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150
Christmas prayer: Lord, just like Ecclesiastes teaches, there is a right time for everything. A right time for birth and another for death, a right time to plant and another to reap, a right time to kill and another to heal, a right time to destroy and another to construct, a right time to cry and another to laugh, a right time to lament and another to cheer, a right time to make love and another to abstain, a right time to embrace and another to part, a right time to search and another to count your losses, a right time to hold on and another to let go, a right time to rip out and another to mend, a right time to shut up and another to speak up, a right time to love and another to hate, a right time to wage war and another to make peace. I celebrate each one of these for I know you offer beautiful life lessons in the lowest of valleys and on top of the highest of mountains of life. I eagerly look forward to whatever may come because Christmas has taught me what I celebrate and in Whom I celebrate. May celebration ring me into the New Year, but may celebration also be what carries me throughout each day as I place all my trust in You. Amen.