Rejoice, enjoy and celebrate!
The other day I was having an argument with someone and said to them, “You just want your cake and eat it too.”
Then after a moment of silence, I thought about what I had said. It didn’t make any sense. If you make a cake, you do want to eat it, how stupid. What a ridiculous saying.
I was trying to share with the person that you need to celebrate what you have done. This means that the first steps in the making of the cake are as important as the cooking and eating. Each step is to be celebrated. We shouldn’t pull it apart (whatever that ‘it’ might be) and criticize it.
I wonder why we don’t just sit in the moment of celebration and enjoy the moment. I don’t think we do this often enough. In our wanting to improve ourselves, our situations, what we do or try to achieve, we tend to talk about what went wrong, didn’t work, and how we could do it better.
But what about enjoying what we achieved first? At least we tried to do something.
Did you study this year just gone by? First, rejoice that you had that opportunity, then later if needed, reflect on how you could do better in the future. Don’t pull apart in five minutes what took you a whole year to achieve.
Did you work well for your employer? First, rejoice for you deserved your wages. Maybe you deserve more. Work on that this year and also allow God to give to you practically and spiritually because all blessings come from God above.
I’m sure the three wise kings who came to the manger didn’t analyze the experience later by saying, “Did you notice the smell of stale animal dung?”
“Do you think Jesus could have had better accommodation? Something fit for a king and fit for us to visit Him?”
No! They would have been so overawed by Jesus that all they could have done was to rejoice and say “Wow!”
So, at this holiday time, your time off from study, school, and normal routines –enjoy the downtime, enjoy the people in your life, and celebrate what you have.
As my mum used to say: “There is always someone more unfortunate than you, so count your blessings.” So, remember to look at your cake and admire it, then enjoy the eating of it as well. Perhaps later, much later, reflect on how you could have made a better cake.