How shall i celebrate?

January 26, 2007

Birthdays come but once a year, but how people respond to the day is markedly varied. 

Some people bemoan their getting old (suggestive of another year ‘lost’ or a step closer to pensions and less mobility), others revel in the thought of organising a party, some love the opportunity to give thanks to God for the gift of another year, others like the day to smoothly sail by without much mention… and the list goes on.

A birth-day is thinking about the day of your birth (a day most of us have no memory of!): the day you entered the world.  Some people have two birthdays – either because they are the Queen, or because they have one for the day they entered earth out the womb of their mother, and one marking the start of a clean slate after agreeing to put God in the driving seat for the first time.

I suppose a birthday could be a time to reflect on why God brought you into the world, to look back on past blessings and mistakes in an attempt to move forward in the will of God.

Maybe it could be a day when things are reversed: instead of people giving to you, you make an effort to bless others – perhaps buy them something, or make a card saying thank you for who you’ve been in my life, help them out with something… generally show others appreciation for the role they’ve played in getting you to another birthday.

Say THANK YOU to the precious people in your life before it’s too late and you regret not having done it. 

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