The frequently overlooked significance of birthdays

 

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First of all, a great big THANK YOU to all of you who have flooded Marti with well wishes and birthday greetings. If she hasn’t gotten to yours yet, it’s simply because she is overwhelmed. She told me it was a special day yesterday and you all played an important role in making it so. Thank you!

The balloons pictured here played a big role as well. She loves balloons, and we do a bouquet of balloons for every birthday in the family, mostly so Marti can enjoy them. But these are all for her.

Birthdays should be sacred. I come from a family that didn’t make a big deal about birthdays. That’s too bad. Marti makes a big deal, and as I reflect on that, she’s right. Birthday celebrations are tied to God’s creation. He made each one of us. He formed us in His mind. He determined the exact day we would be born. He put us in the family we were born or adopted into, and He has a reason for everything that happens to us.

Each one of us is destined to a life of eternal significance. Our lives are much bigger than they appear to be right now. God has big plans for us all. Birthdays celebrate the beginning of you, and you will go on forever. That’s a pretty big deal. We will have jobs to do in heaven. We will represent God’s kingdom and who knows how far reaching that is? The unfathomable expanse of the universe may give us an idea.

Truth is: if we could get this kind of vision and perspective on others (not just ourselves), we would bring a refreshing wind of God’s glory into this terribly divisive and vitriolic morass we seem to have sunken to in society. If we saw each person as so much more than their opinions, we could make a mark on this world, and I believe lead people closer to the truth about God’s will for them.

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5 Responses to The frequently overlooked significance of birthdays

  1. Sandra J Campbell says:

    I love birthdays and my family also made a big deal about it. I learned my first valuable lesson when I turned 5. My mother had a party for me and when a little boy came to the door without a present I wasn’t going to let him in! My mother took me aside and explained it wasn’t about whether or not someone brought a present but just that they came to celebrate. I was married for 22 years and can tell you exactly how many times I got a card from my now ex-husband. That’s sad because the answer is 0 and he never wished me a happy birthday or got me anything. I would have been happy for a birthday wish and a hug!! I’m so glad our Heavenly Father celebrates the day of our birth even though we might be alone!!!

    • Mark D Seguin says:

      Amen, and sorry Sandra about your ex-husband, yet at least he is your ex! 🙂

      • Sandie says:

        Sandra, I am so sorry about your life with your ex. The truth is, there was a hole in his heart that was never filled – and it’s near impossible to give what you have not received. My husband had his own sad memories of sad birthdays and holidays, but I literally steamrolled him into getting over it and get with a new program. He still has his times though. Only God can change a heart, but He can’t do it without our partnership. All that said….For every birthday that was missed…A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    I love this from Today’s Catch: “If we saw each person as so much more than their opinions, we could make a mark on this world, and I believe lead people closer to the truth about God’s will for them.” Amen

  3. kellief4 says:

    Well I totally missed Marti’s b’day. Please tell her happy birthday! Birthday’s are special and I definitely do not celebrate them with others or myself like I should.

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