At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa,
and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.
When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who were in the citadel of Susa.
Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.
When King Xerxes came into power he did something that we can emulate. Three years into his reign he organized a banquet to appreciate every official who worked under him. Both military and civilian leaders were celebrated in an excessive ceremony that lasted almost six months. Make it your custom to celebrate people!
King Xerxes also organized another appreciation party that lasted seven days for palace officials. The bigger party that lasted six months must have been a very involving assignment for the palace officials who must have been directly in charge. In order to appreciate them, the king had a party for them that lasted seven days. Make it your custom to celebrate people!
The queen when King Xerxes was in power was Queen Vashti. Queen Vashti realized the beauty and value of celebrating people and appreciating them. She was a quick learner. She too realized there were people under her who work tirelessly to ensure her role as Queen never fails. She realized she would never be excellent and effective without these people. She, therefore, organized an appreciation party for the women who work with her at the palace. Make it your custom to celebrate people!
Do we have people we need to appreciate? Are there people we can’t be successful without? Are there people who make your day-to-day easier? Are there people whose services are cheaply available but their absence would plunge you into a crisis? Make it your custom to celebrate people!
If your sewage system clogs and the plumber takes too long to arrive you discover their value. When wooden furniture needs repair and the carpenter is unwell, you discover its value. When public transport workers down their tools to protest against something, we suddenly discover their value. The list is endless and you can add to it. The question is, do we appreciate them, do we celebrate them? Make it your custom to celebrate people!
It is selfish and incompetence to create a situation that seems like you are the only one who came up with ideas, implemented them, and therefore take all the credit. You are what you are because others contribute to your life daily. You lead, teach, manage and do great things because others have given you an enabling environment, moral support, etc. Make it your custom to celebrate people!
The Golden Rule
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
If you like being celebrated. If you yearn to be celebrated. If you feel it is your right to be celebrated. If you would be offended if you were not celebrated. Jesus recommends that you do it for others. Celebrate others and you will be celebrated. Make it your custom to celebrate people!
The most wasted celebration of anyone is in the speeches at their funeral. It is foolish and childish to think that celebrating someone would harm them, then wait to cry when they are gone. Celebrate someone now or have no rights to say anything at their funeral. If you haven’t celebrated anyone in their life, post nothing on social media claiming to celebrate the dead whom you told nothing in life. Make it your custom to celebrate people!
Dear God, teach me and enable me to celebrate people around me, and may I also find people who are not shy to celebrate me, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
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