Standing in the perpetual long line at Nelson's Ice Cream shop in Stillwater, MN, trying to read the back wall filled with handwritten plethora of unique flavors, I am interrupted by the massive display case full of an assortment of colored ice cream and aromas. Too many flavors, not enough stomach space. Each flavor was intentionally thought about, experimented with, tested and retested until it makes the grade to be sold, served and enjoyed. I always have to test the flavor of the day.
Our hearts, what flavor is flowing today?
Our hearts, what is going on in there?
Our hearts, what is impacting others - verbally and non-verbally?
Our hearts, what is influencing others - intentionally or unintentionally?
Our hearts, the place where God dwells or is absent. The place where we wrestle with the stress of every day. The place where we seek to cover up, be too busy to deal with, ignore because it is too difficult.
I love all the feasts that God's people used to participate in; Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Booths. God instructed them to have corporate celebrations in order to remember what the invisible God has done in their lives. God knows how to throw a great party.
Jesus loved to go to a good party. Remember how he prevented a grand celebration from being ruined by not letting the wine run out.
This past Sunday, we followed the Biblical pattern to pause and celebrate what God had done this past year. The spiritual discipline of Corporate Celebration is extremely important and needed.
The private and personal spiritual discipline of Celebration is equally important and needed. With the ice cream scoop of the spiritual discipline of celebration, we dig diligently and deeply, to practice what we don’t feel like practicing. We savor the mystery and wonder of God even among the misfortunes that pummel our days.
The result, the flavor of our hearts.
What's the flavor of the day for you?
"Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him." Phil 4:4
May the flavor of your heart draw others to the beauty of Jesus.
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.