I’m really careful when it comes to announcing / celebrating victories and accomplishments.
My grandfather (on my mother’s side) was raised by monks in a monastery in the Canary Islands, Spain. He is the person that has influenced my thinking the most out of all the great mentors and teachers I have had in my life and probably one of the most important life lessons my grandpa passed on to me was this one: Be always careful about “when” and in front of “who” you celebrate your victories.
Allow me to explain the two principles behind my grandpa’s reasoning.
Principle 1: Not everyone at your celebration is ready to celebrate your victories.
There is King David, celebrating when bringing into the city the ark of the covenant.
The Bible says:
“And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 2 Samuel 6:16”
You see. His ex-wife Michal is at the celebration, but she is not celebrating with David.
Not everyone at your celebration is ready to celebrate your victories.
The American Standard Version of the Bible says:
“Then I saw all labor and every skillful work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. Ecl 4:4”
I like the old Spanish 1960 Reina Valera Version of the Bible where the literal translation of that verse (in short) says:
“All excellence of works wakes up envy”.
Principle 2: If it sounds like bragging, don’t say it.
“Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger, not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2 (NLT)”
When I was just a kid, my grandpa taught me too this second principle. Don’t talk about yourself. Don’t promote yourself. Promote and put others first, and trust that God will reward you somehow (if He pleases to) at the right time.
Not because I’m a humble person. I don’t think I’m humble, plus the doctrine of Total Depravity (Romans 3:10-12) confirms I’m not.
So should I not celebrate my victories and my accomplishments?
Yes. Please, do celebrate, and celebrate often. Just be wise when selecting who you bring into your celebration.
Please, do not misunderstand me. I do celebrate every goal I reach, big or small. I even celebrate when I complete small tasks. I also tell my team to celebrate at every level when doing a long-term project. It’s part of staying motivated and I believe small rewards are really important.
Just always be wise about when and who you celebrate with. That’s all.