That’s right, I’m celebrating! I was in the middle of work today when I was overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude. I stood there thinking about the fabulous truth that God wanted me. Fifty plus years ago today, He allowed me to be born and begin this journey. Perhaps one reason He made me is because He had you in mind. He certainly knew that one day I would be brave enough to step out of my comfort zone, confront my fears, then embrace technology in order to reach out to you in love.
So today is MY day! I celebrate God’s creation of me. I can do that you know, because I am wonderfully made. There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t have dared to celebrate me. I would have been too afraid. But life has changed. I have changed. God has set me free. Because He loved me first, I can love myself… just the way I am today. (Even before He completes my transformation!) Therefore, with great joy today, I celebrate loving me.
With excitement and humility, I celebrate my unique talents; my creativity, the music He has allowed me to sing, play, and write, and the visual artistry He has allowed me to fashion. God has placed in my hands such beautiful gifts to watch over and use. They are all His, and yet He, in His kindness, decided to entrust me with their stewardship to use according to His purpose and will.
On this day, I marvel at the ability He has given me to smile and persevere through challenging season after season. I am amazed that I can encourage children’s faces to light up with enthusiasm as they learn something new. I shake my head in wonderment as I lovingly put a restless baby to sleep with my peaceful spirit, a slow rocking bounce, and a quiet song.
I celebrate the truth that God made me for His honor and glory. He knew that one day I would surrender my life to Him. He knew that I would receive, accept, the gift of salvation that Jesus Christ offered me, and that He would place in me His Holy Spirit, who gives me the power to do God’s will. He knew that I would decide one day to settle down, throw all caution to the wind and give my heart, my mind, and my will to Him in love. I celebrate the results of that decision, as someone who is growing more loving everyday.
And so on this very special day, I lay at His feet all of my successes, all of my compliments, yes any praise I’ve received. For everything good that I have done is all because of Him and through Him. All of the glory belongs to my Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ.
At the same time, I freely acknowledge that all that I have done wrong is because of me. I’m talking about all of the decisions I’ve made as a results of my selfishness, ignorance, holding on to my pride, leaning to my own understanding, and being led by my emotions instead of His Spirit. Yes, all of these sins I lay at His feet as well; to be washed away with His cleansing blood. I am so glad that He promised me that every time I repented, turned away from sin, and back to trusting and obeying Him, He would be faithful to forgive me and give me another chance. Therefore, I celebrate another year of new beginnings, thanks to my Heavenly Father.
On my special day, I am so very grateful to Him for all that He has done for me. I thank Him for my family. I thank Him for friends. I thank Him for Christian brothers and sisters who are kind to me and those who are not; for both help me to grow closer to Him.
On this, my birthday, I thank Him for the priceless gift of time. I thank Him for His Word. I thank Him for His favor, His blessings, His grace, and His mercy.
I thank Him for you!
I know that some people are taught that celebrating birthdays is wrong. But God is a God of celebrations. So I know that He doesn’t mind my celebrating His love for me. I think that that’s what a birthday really is… the day to celebrate God’s love. It’s a day to remember that one day you were born… not accidentally, but on purpose. God wanted you. And He still does. And like me, you are wonderfully made; unique in design, from your DNA to your personality and gifts. No one is like you.
See past the scars. See past any disfigurement. See past disappointments and negative circumstances to the seed of hope that He has placed in you and me. Since you and I were created in His image, we have been designed for greatness. Everyday is another opportunity for God to use us to make a positive difference in someone’s life. This is greatness!
It is my prayer that you will celebrate God’s love for you on your special day; or even better, every day. I know that His love for you is indeed very personal. Your birthday is the day that God set aside for your entrance into a world that needs all that He has placed in you, in order to be more complete. May you receive His love, and in return learn to love Him, yourself, and share this love with others. What a reason to celebrate!
In case I don’t see you on your special day, Happy Birthday!
I hope that you will enjoy the journey.
With all of my love,
Scriptures to consider on your journey:
Psalm 139:14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
Genesis 2:7 Isaiah 44:24 Psalm 139:15 Jeremiah 1:5
Question to consider: How are you going to celebrate God’s love on your birthday? Think of something good!