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A Life Worth Celebrating

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A Life Worth Celebrating

There are all sorts of highlights that we celebrate throughout our lives. We celebrate births, graduations, championships, new jobs, marriages, and personal successes. These things remind us that there is importance in everyday life.  We need to always remember that life is worth celebrating!

In spite all of this celebration we come into the harsh reality that life is hard. The tragedy of job loss, debilitating injury, messy breakups, terminal illness, and death are evidence that life is not what it should be. 

The Bible does not sugarcoat this reality. God makes it clear in His Word that life is difficult, and if we are not careful these difficulties can rob us of the true joy of life: the love of God.

The apostle Paul wrote:
Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.") 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39, NLT).

What makes the achievements of life worth celebrating, what makes the tragedies of life worth enduring is the love of God. It is God who infuses our lives with meaning and purpose.  Without God there would be no reason to celebrate, for even our biggest victory will one day fade away.  Thank God that in Jesus we have a life worth celebrating.

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