Daily Devotional

Celebration practice

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Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

- James 5:13 (NIV)

I was exhausted from the fast pace of my first collegiate softball practice and the pressure to make a good first impression. Just when I thought practice was over, Coach called us together for one final drill. “We need to get three final outs,” he explained, “then we celebrate! Since our goal is to win a national championship, we need to practice celebrating our future victory!” This was the best part of practice. There was no pressure to be perfect or to prove my ability. All I needed to do was have fun celebrating — not only what had already happened but also what was to come!

I want to live life expecting to win and celebrating the future victories God has in store for me. God delights in our celebrations and is pleased by our expressions of trust and hope.

The best part of practice was the celebration, and the best parts of our lives can be when we practice or create a habit of celebrating and giving thanks even before God acts. In this way we live in expectation of our life’s future spiritual victories.

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