When I was younger, I always looked forward to my birthday. I was the only summer baby in my family, which meant the weather was perfect for an outdoor cookout and pool party. Family, friends and the neighborhood kids would all attend to help me celebrate and a great time was had by everyone. As I got older, the parties and attendance got smaller, but I still looked forward to that one day each year that I could celebrate ME. Then, I became a young adult and began celebrating my birthday with my friends out at restaurants or night clubs and again, felt like I was having a great time. Until one year, I looked around at the people I was with and wondered what place or significance did they have in my life? What was I doing? Celebrating my birthday was obvious, but I suddenly began to feel like going out to the club and partying for my birthday was so trivial. I felt empty. Is this what God wanted me to do? Speaking of which…..did I even THANK my Father for waking me up this morning and allowing me to see and make it to another year of live? I felt conviction in the way I was celebrating instead of giving thanks to God for my life and the people that he placed in my life to be a blessing to me. Over the next few years, things in my life began to shift and come into focus. I didn’t feel compelled to go out and do the things that I used to do. In fact, I didn’t even miss it. I remember celebrating my birthday after my spirit awakened and as I looked around, this time, I was surrounded by my immediate family. When they put my cake in front of me, I felt the need to do something differently. I told my family that I know what I was about to do was out of “tradition”, but instead of blowing out candles and making a wish, I wanted everyone to hold hands so that I could pray over everyone present. I received surprised looks and a little confusion from the younger children who were present, but everyone did as I asked and I began to give God thanks for another year of life, blessings, family and purpose. I began to thank God for good health, focus, favor, spiritual and emotional healing, closed doors and a path that leads directly to Him. I prayed over my family and when I was done, I felt peace. Birthdays, now, are less about me and more about God and the opportunity that it gives me to truly be thankful for what He has done and will continue to do in my life.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT).
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NKJV)
Love, light and blessings,