Celebrate: to refrain from ordinary business to mark a special occasion.
In the midst of our families, jobs, and the busyness of everyday life, we often forget to celebrate. Sure, we pause for a brief moment on a birthday or an anniversary. But what if we lived to celebrate each other every day? What if we stopped for more than just a moment to tell others how much we love them? Better yet, what would it look like to celebrate those we’ve never met—perhaps even those living in a part of the world we’ve never even visited?
I imagine it would look joyful. I imagine it would look something like what we saw two weeks ago at the Red Gala in Houston: people from all walks of life gathered together for an evening to celebrate love.
This Red Gala wasn’t just about dressing up and enjoying Valentine’s Day (although we had a great time doing that!). It was about expressing care and concern for vulnerable children—in our city and across the world. It was about celebrating those who need our love the most.
And celebrate we did! We rejoiced at the incredible things our programs accomplished over the past year. We rejoiced in the stories of healing and hope, and we rejoiced in our ability to take action—right here, right now.
We didn’t just gather at the gala to donate money or enjoy a fancy dinner; we gathered to give our hearts, to give more than we could afford—to give love.
Slavery is one of the darkest realities on the planet, and we could mourn its cruelty indefinitely. Instead, we refuse to give in to despair; we celebrate the fact that children are free because people like you choose every day to partner with us. And even if you weren’t able to attend the event, we hope you will pause and take a moment to celebrate, too. Get up and dance! Shout at the top of your lungs! Truly, freely, passionately embrace this moment of joy: celebrate.
What if we celebrated a love like that every day? May we revel in great love today. May we celebrate.
Thanks for joining us at The Red Gala in Houston, Texas!
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa