In March, my best friend hosted a mini-Quince party for her oldest. Turning 15 is huge in Cuban culture — with dance parties and big white dresses. Samantha’s style is more laid back and artistic, so she opted for a smaller party with friends where they painted on canvas. I visited a few days later, and she showed me a mug that she’d presented as a party gift to each friend for joining her birthday celebration.
On the side of the white ceramic mug, I read the words “Live Each Day Like it’s Your Birthday.” I snapped a picture of the mug and immediately said, “I see a blog post here.”
On Sunday, my friends Lolita and Carolyn took me out to lunch to start this year’s birthday festivities. We ordered an ice cream cake dessert with 3 spoons.
I took several days off from work this week to enjoy the sunshine and sand at the beach with my husband, and there are several surprises in boxes waiting for me at home.
On Friday, I’m having dinner out with my bestie, and on Saturday we will meet my parents for stroganoff at my favorite restaurant.
I may be celebrating all month. “Ain’t nobody gonna to steal my joy” right now.
What if I were to live each day with a birthday attitude? I could wake up each day and put on a party hat that spreads cheer in this broken world.
How to Live with a Birthday State of Mind
- Remember you are special: You have gifts and strengths that bring joy to this world. Let your little light shine and love with reckless abandon. You are here to proclaim His praises (I Peter 2:9).
- Anticipate a celebration: Focus on the glory to come. On your birthday there is cake and presents, but as a child of God, we look forward with expectation to sitting at His banqueting table (II Peter 3:13).
- Spend time with your loves: On special days, we spend time enjoying our people, but we must remember that every day is a gift. Don’t let busy rob you from the blessing of intimate fellowship today. Be fully present with your people (Hebrews 10:23-25).
- Reflect on how far you’ve come: Birthdays are mile markers in life. It’s good to sit down and reflect on how we’ve grown in wisdom and overcome mountains with God in our corner. But, we don’t have to wait for our birthday to “remember” God’s handiwork. Spend some time today looking back at your week and noting how God has whispered to your heart. Jot a few things down in a journal or notebook for safe keeping (Psalm 105:1-5).
Make each day a celebration of God’s goodness and grace.
Something to think about…
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