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God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.
Psalm 90:12 NLT
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
Birthday is like a name, everyone has got one – the rich, the poor and even the dead. Birthdays mean different things to different people at different times. To some, it’s a special day to feel good about themselves and they count on the whole world to make that happen. They wake up with high sense of entitlement as with the feeling ‘everybody owes me “Happy birthday” and they must pay today!’ They expect the planets to revolve around them (Hey, Wake up dreamer… you are not the sun!). If you dare forget to wish them ‘Happy birthday’ or use their pictures as your display pictures, you are less than a friend. In fact, your name can enter their black book (Copernicus, get lost!). A beautiful lady once told me “Don’t dare tell me what will not massage my ego on my birthday, even if it is the truth, keep it till the next day.” Trust me, I perfectly understand.
As a child, my birthday was another opportunity to reduce the gulf between folks who were few years older and extend my lead with those coming behind. Indeed, I understood as a child and thought as a child.
We live in a generation where technology hasn’t just made live easy but has successfully redefined our values and eclipsed some fundamental truths . Real treasures are being replaced by mere mirages no thanks to civilization.
Internet connects us to limitless communities and they all makes us look good on our birthdays. Social media folks are not your real friends – they tell us what they know we love to hear on our birthdays and most times what they would love to be theirs(return on investment). Social media is mere illusion and very seductive, little wonder it can be very addictive. So, don’t be carried away by Social Media flatteries!
I personally believe, birthdays are reminders; they are more of a whistle than a trumpet. There will be no birthdays or anniversaries in heaven because we would be eternal and immortal.
Hey friends, we were not created to live forever (at least in this physical body), we all have our life span (lifetime). Probably, few will live to be nonagenarians on this planet but the dream won’t turn reality for many of us. WE SHALL ALL DIE SOMEDAY!
Psalm 90:12 KJV
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
You number what is limited and exhaustible. New living translation puts it In better form “teach us to realize the brevity of life.”
Friends, we all have a specific purpose in this life and we are expected to fulfill and complete our purpose within our lifetime – between our first breath and our last breath , we are supposed to finish our life project. So, birthday to some extent is an indication of how much time we DON’T have left. We obviously don’t know how much time we have left to live but we know how much we don’t have anymore.
In a football game, you are expected to use all your strength and do all you can to score all your goals within 90 minutes. After 90mins your either feel fulfilled or feel like a loser. Same rule works in the game of life, one day our final whistle will be blown and the question is : HOW ARE WE GOING TO FEEL?
The earth was created to travel round the sun and it’s doing just that. In fact, on your 25th birthday, the earth is saying “Man, I have arrived at the very spot I was when you came to the world and this is my 25th time since then. So how far with you? ”
Your birthday amplifies how many years you have wasted, spent, or lived. If you are 25 years old then you have spent 25 years from your lifetime (lifetime – 25).
I think our birthday are opportunities to clear our hearts and ask ourselves these life’s most important questions: WHAT AM I HERE TO DO? and HOW WELL AM I DOING IT? I believe the answer now determine if we will paint the whole city red in celebration or we sit back and readjust our lives to align with our purpose.
I am not against birthday parties but I don’t think it’s for everyone. If you cannot answer the big question of life then I don’t think you are qualified because you aren’t truly living yet (pardon my bluntness). Someone once told me “my birthday is another sign of God’s faithfulness and it’s worth celebrating.” Yeah, I think she is perfectly right but this is it: God is faithful to us because of our purpose in life, HE protects us and provides for us because of our unique assignment on this planet else heaven seems a better environment. He keeps us alive to give him glory and the best way to achieve that is to locate our assignment on earth and fulfill it. Nothing bring joy to the heart of God like seeing his children locating and fulfilling their purpose on earth.
Birthday parties aren’t for those who live without zest, not for those who go through the motion yet devoid of passion. We were not created to swim with the tide and roll with the punches . We are not like a leaf that is wend to wherever the stream of life takes it .
Friends, we can’t afford to be busy but never fulfilled, we have got to live for more than a funeral. I think, we will get out of life if we treat our heart like a stopwatch instead of a mere pump.
In conclusion, don’t spend the money you don’t have (or probably have) to impress those who you don’t like perhaps,those who don’t like you. Get books, get materials, register in a library or volunteer to join a team that will improve your life – just invest in yourself! Discovering God’s purpose for your life is not cheap You are the best gift you can give yourself.
NOTE :Because I am mortal, the only way I know if you agree with me or not is via your comments. I truly love to hear from you even if you disagree. If you want your tribes to read this too, then kindly share.