Celebrate and love out loud 

By Jennifer Thomas

Any NCIS fans out there? I am personally fond of the series with Mark Harmon. I am currently watching season 14 and there was a scene in one of the episodes that really made me think about life and death. Bear with me, Abby is the forensic scientist and after a funeral of a close friend of the team, she set out to start a new trend. She wondered why we wait until someone dies to celebrate them, we should do this while they are still living. Abby stated that she prefers a celebration of life service over a funeral and I agree. She then started a movement she called “celebrate” #livingrocks. I like the celebrate part but not so much the hashtag. Moving on.

She set out during the entire episode telling her colleagues what she celebrated about them. Basically telling them what she appreciates and loves about them. We have all heard this before, tell others you love them and what they mean to you now so you will not regret it when they are no longer here.

So, what if we put this in to practice on a regular basis? Tell someone you love them. Tell them how you see Jesus in their life. Tell them Jesus loves them and there is nothing they can do about it. Tell them even if it seems odd or silly. How many times have you heard someone say,

“I wish I had told them ____________. I hope they knew how much I loved them. I wish we had worked out our differences.”

Let’s not wait for something to happen. Say what’s on your heart. You never know how much that will mean to a person and how much they may need it in that moment. Don’t just assume people know how you feel, tell them, show them. Share a kind word, encouragement, a scripture, a song or whatever the Spirit stirs in your heart. Maybe it is an act of kindness or help that is needed. Let’s celebrate what we see in one another. Let’s celebrate Jesus. Let’s get loud with our love for our God and for others.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:18-19

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