Have you celebrated a win lately?
It helps not only to celebrate, but to remind yourself how good it feels to complete something you’ve wanted to do for a long time. Completing a big project demands a pat on the back, a big shout-out, or a high five. Maybe you kicked a habit, finished a project, or celebrated an anniversary. Affirmations of our accomplishments should direct us to praise God since He is the one who helped us complete the task. Stepping back to praise Him reminds us we could not have finished the task without God’s help. He deserves the praise!
In the Old Testament, it was the custom to set up physical markers as reminders of victory or encounters with God. These tall stone pillars were large enough to see for a mile and could not be ignored by the passerby. One of them is found in 1 Samuel 7:7 when Samuel prayed for deliverance from the Philistines. God answered Samuel’s prayers for protection for the Israelites by confusing the enemy and re-routing them away from the people. After the victory, Samuel “took a stone and named it ‘Ebenezer’ saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’”
Let me give you some modern day examples. Think about the Washington Monument – erected to remember President George Washington. Consider the Lincoln Monument — a reminder of the contributions of President Abraham Lincoln. And then there’s good old Mount Rushmore – a literal memorial of several great presidents. Why not erect a spiritual marker to help you remember a recent victory in your life? Have you paid off a debt? Overcome a nagging habit? Think about erecting a spiritual marker. You might try framing your reminder or photo, planting a tree in your backyard, setting up a few small stones, or setting aside a special place for a reminder in your home.
Or maybe none of those work for you. During the time we were dating, my-then-future-husband, Jim and I were working on a new discipline to improve our relationship. On one of our road trips, we ran across this magnificent marble vase as a reminder, we decided to buy it. The vase helped us remember our win. It remained on my kitchen table, where we dined daily, until we were married. Months later, as a wedding gift, we received a lovely wind chime to remind us of God’s presence in our marriage. Both of these items and a few more remind us “The Lord has helped me!”
But above all, praise God for what He has done. Just praise God for His victory and say with Samuel, “The Lord has helped me!”
Let’s pray: Lord, thank you for helping me complete a big project. Thank you Lord, for giving me the victory. It’s only through you it was completed. I give you the glory for power and might. Thank you for giving me strength as I rely on you. In Jesus’ name, amen.