5 Practical Ideas to Celebrate & Suffer

Much of what we do is not meant to add things to the schedule, but bring intentionality to the things we are already doing.

everyday-rhythms

As a part of the Soma family, we often speak of living out our gospel identity in everyday rhythms of life (know the story, listen, bless, celebrate & suffer, eat, rest & work). In fact, much of what we do is not meant to add things to the schedule, but bring intentionality to the things we are already doing.

The following lists are a few practical examples of simple things you can begin doing to bring gospel intentionality to your schedule. Hopefully as you are reading through these examples it will spark ideas for your own life.

5 PRACTICAL IDEAS TO CELEBRATE AND SUFFER

1. Throw parties!

Make a list of all the birthdays, anniversaries, and important dates of the people in your MC and neighborhood/workplace. Get those gifted in party planning to help you plan celebrations for those special days.

2. Meet needs

Start a needs awareness network/Facebook group for your neighborhood so that people can communicate needs of people in the neighborhood and your MC family can respond as needs come up. Encourage your other neighbors to join and help.

3. Throw more parties!

Find a major theme to throw a neighborhood party once a quarter (examples – Spring – Easter, Summer – July 4th, Fall Halloween/Thanksgiving, Winter – Christmas). Try to line them up with the major holidays celebrated by the people in your city. Hang in there and do it regularly to create a rhythm of celebration in your neighborhood. Make it something people look forward to each year.

4. Serve struggling families

Get someone with decorating and party planning skills to volunteer with you to help struggling families in your neighborhood or part of the city. Utilize the variety of gifts in your missional community to help pull it off.

5. Help with meals and needs

Offer to be the point person at your workplace to help other co-workers when they experience difficult times. Be the person who helps line up meals, or line up other needs to help them when things are rough.

Consider the following Biblical texts:

ROMANS 12:15

LEVITICUS 23

ACTS 2:42-47

HEBREWS 10:24-25