Yesterday my friend Courtney messaged my wife and me. Courtney reminded us that it was the third anniversary of our daughter Anna’s baptism. She had led the service because on that day I just wanted to stand beside my wife and children and be a dad (and not just the pastor).
Her message was a welcome surprise. Even though I see a picture of Anna in her baptism outfit on her dresser every time I tuck her in to bed, I simply forgot when it had happened.
Here’s my point:
We’re pretty good at celebrating the usual anniversaries—things like birthdays and marriages. We’re also pretty good at remembering the anniversary of when someone passed away.
But what if we made a point of celebrating the anniversary of specific victories in our lives? Things like baptisms and the time someone really started following Jesus. Or the time you moved into a new house to start a new adventure. Or the graduation from school. Or the start of a friendship. Or a successful surgery.
These are life’s victories.
If we did that, I’m guessing we’d feel more uplifted on a day-to-day basis. Why? Because we’d be reminding ourselves of all the ways we’ve been blessed.
I just think we need less negative rumination and more positive celebration.
Today, think of an important victory anniversary in your life or in the life of someone you love. And celebrate.
Despite our powerful brains, we humans have an incredible capacity to forget. So swing the pendulum the other way and celebrate the anniversary of a special victory.
As it says in Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
I’ll go for a joyful heart over a crushed spirit any day. What about you?
By Matthew Ruttan