I had no plan on writing today, however as I realized that this is the first birthday I have not looked forward to, I began to think about what I needed to remember this year. Birthdays bring us gifts we just may have to look harder for them as we get older. Here are three of them.
Birthday Gift #1
Each year is like a mile marker. In this marathon of life, just getting to the next marker can be quite a feat, but when we finally get there, we often find a renewed since of hope in our ability to continue on. It’s in the baby steps, each of the individual years, that seasons come to an end and new chapters begin. And, hopefully, in the reflecting on years gone by we are able to see the growth and transformation that has created the person we are today. We should be able to see that is was not at all by our own strength or accomplishments that we arrived at today, but that of many others who love us dearly and by the grace of God Himself. It’s a time to stop, breathe, reflect, find hope, and be grateful.
Birthday Gift #2
Each birthday is a reminder that are days are numbered and that each day should be lived as if it were our last. So, it’s not so funny that this morning on my 35th birthday I awoke at 3am to a sore throat and an aching knee that’s almost half again its size due to swelling. Add to that the fact that I saw an osteopath last night for my back and received a recommendation that I start taking Osteo Bi-flex, my body has chosen to remind me today that it is human, and it is going to fail me. With this comes the sense of urgency that is needed to live out each day to the fullest, to take advantage of each moment to love others, and to fulfill the purpose on this Earth for which I was created.
Birthdays bring a feeling that we are someone special, that we are loved. Although I truly find it hard to accept the outpouring of calls, texts, posts, messages, and treats from friends, family, and coworkers, it reminds me that my life matters to others too. It’s important to be reminded that our lives are not solo performances. We were created to be in community with one another. That feeling of being special is also a reminder that I am to work each day to make every person I come across feel the way others have made me feel today. I don’t know about you, but I need this reminder.
What about you? Are there other gifts you could add to this list? Feel free to share below.