What does a birthday mean to you? Is it a reason to celebrate or a reminder that you are older? Do you enjoy parties and celebrating someone’s life on the anniversary of their birth? I know children enjoy birthdays and parties and being reminded that they are special and loved. Maybe when we are adults we lose some of that fun because we find our youth leaving us.
The day someone comes into existence is a pretty grand thing when we consider that no two people have ever been born that are exactly alike. I have brothers that are twins and they probably come pretty close to being the same, but they are not. I think being one of a kind is really cool. I have always enjoyed being my own person and being able to do things different than others. I question why some people want to copy and be like other people when we were so fearfully and wonderfully made.
Just think of it, if we were all the same how we would function. We need all the different talents and minds and skills to accomplish everything that is needed. We need different personalities and ideas to keep things interesting. I learn so much from everyone I meet. It makes life fun for me. People touch my life in different ways, but enrich it all the same.
When we celebrate someone’s birthday, we tend to look back on all the things that have happened in their life and we celebrate their mile stones and accomplishments. We celebrate their contribution to the lives of the people around them and for some maybe even their contribution to the world.
There is one birthday in particular that we set apart because it is so special that we sometimes struggle to find human words to fully describe its true meaning; Christmas, the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. God coming to earth to live as a human is more than just any birthday; it is a turning point for all mankind.
Matthew 1:22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through his prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
The impact of one life: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
We are human so how important can a birthday be? When we consider the importance God puts on each and every life; Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Each birthday has significant meaning. What we do with our lives, how we inspire and encourage people or how we tear them down and ruin their lives is a choice we make. God gave us the ability to choose. So these choices will make a difference on how meaningful our birthday may be to ourselves and to others.
Think about great people that came before that are remembered for their contribution to our family or our world. They came as a baby just like us, and made choices just like us, but they knew the greatness within by recognizing how unique and special they are in God’s sight. Once a person grabs on to that concept and aligns themselves with God, birthday’s have meaning and purpose. Life becomes bright and full of possibility and age becomes just the number of wonderful birthdays you were given as a gift.
So this Christmas as you celebrate the birth of Jesus, think on your own birth and life. Think about how you feel about your birthday and why. Jesus came to earth for you. You are very important to the father and your birthday has meaning. What have you been doing with your gift of life? That is your birthday present to Jesus, the one who gave it all for you.
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.