Are you a person who feels more Tolerated than Celebrated at times, depending on the people you are around? Are you willing to settle for being Tolerated and never Celebrated? I used to think that was my only option, but now I know better. For those who felt like it was a big task to deal with me or interact with me, I did them a favor: I removed myself!
No one should have to feel as if they are only being Tolerated. That’s why I am working to surround myself with people who will Celebrate me, and to whom I can reciprocate and do the same. I am building my community of people from whom I can draw encouragement and strength, who will stand with me in faith; people who have no problem showing their appreciation for me; people who want to Celebrate me.
We’ve all made our declarations that this is going to be our Best Year Ever! So, let’s build our team. Let’s get ourselves some cheerleaders, some coaches, and some accountability partners. We can’t do it alone (and besides, that’s no fun anyway). Let’s get some people on our team who will cheer us on to the finish line. We need people who won’t give up on us, and who won’t let us quit or give up on ourselves.
So, That Settles It. It’s time that you are Celebrated and Not Just Tolerated. This week I challenge you to check your circle and if you feel more Tolerated than Celebrated, I suggest you find a new circle; or better yet, build yourself a new circle. Work on Celebrating yourself, Celebrating others, and surrounding yourself with those who will Celebrate you. Surround yourself with those who are not afraid to challenge you in the areas that need work, but who choose to see the good in you, in spite of…
P.S. Yes, I used the word Celebrate a lot (it was intentional)! That’s because I really want you to get this! You deserve to be Celebrated and Not Just Tolerated.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:8-10 ESV).