You may be wondering what in the world we have to celebrate during 2020! With COVID, economic uncertainty and more, it can seem that there is little to celebrate. I would like to suggest that celebrating even the small things can change our minds, our hearts and our countenance.

As children, we may remember looking forward to our birthdays, Christmas and other family celebrations throughout each year. As adults, we may have participated in planning, executing and cleaning up celebrations with family, friends, colleagues or others.

Celebrations are an important part of the Christian experience as well. Some of our earliest remembrances are often associated with our walk with the Lord – baptisms, confirmations, dedications, weddings, etc.

According to John’s Gospel, Jesus, as an adult, made His first introduction to the world at a celebration – the wedding at Cana – where He performed His first miracle.

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee.

He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. John 2:11 (NIV)

The miracle demonstrated Jesus’ power over nature and revealed the way He would go about His ministry—helping others, speaking with authority, and being in personal touch with people. God may challenge us in any number of ways with our need to believe in His Son. We will be held accountable for whether or not we have believed. — (adapted from Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary)

Helping others, speaking with authority and being in personal touch with people are the three ways Jesus ministered to others. Whether it was at a celebration, a sad event, a dinner, or a connection while walking along the path, Jesus was ready to meet people where they were and to lead them to the place He knew they needed to go.

Jesus was ready to meet people where they were.

How about you? Are you seeking people where they are, discerning their needs and helping them move to the next level of their commitment to Jesus for the sake of the Kingdom of God? Check in with family, employees, colleagues and others. It was Jesus’ model and to follow His direction means this will be our way too.

What is keeping you from getting started? What first step can you take as you listen and respond to the Lord’s prompting?

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.

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