To Birthday or Not to Birthday…

Okay, I realize the title makes me sound like a total nerd… If you know me, then you are used to it…if not, it only gets worse. 🙂

Oh birthdays. Isn’t it funny how when we are young we count down the days with excitement waiting for them to arrive, but as the years add up we begin to ignore them as best we can in order of avoid the inevitable fact that we are dun dun dun…AGING. My birthday is soon, really soon, and I have been pretty negative about it. In fact I have been for quite a few years now. I don’t know if its the fact that I thought I would have it all together in my thirties and I’m not even close to having it all together, or the fact that I am terrified at the thought of looking old. Whatever the reason is, it is like a dark cloud that hovers over November 26th and for years now on that day I have sat in it’s shadow and let it steal my joy. So this year, I am trying something new! When I opened up my Bible app this morning the daily verse struck a C chord with me…you know the key of C when after a melody has come to it’s end and the last chord is back home where it should be and all makes sense?(I literally just coined that!) 🙂  That is what this verse did for me…

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:13)

Giving thanks, what a concept. Being thankful is easy to say that we do, especially around Thanksgiving, but are we really thankful? It’s funny how many times I catch myself praying for this and that and forgetting to thank God for all he has given me. I don’t think it is a coincidence that my birthday falls this time of year, I know being thankful is something I have to work on. It is so easy to get caught up in the things I wish were different or better instead of being grateful for the things that I have. When I get down over my birthday, what am I saying to God? I would be so hurt if someone didn’t like a gift I had given them. I can’t imagine how God feels when I reject his gifts.  I should be thankful that I have been given another year on this earth to be with my loved ones, instead of worrying about the time that has passed. I am definitely thankful that I get a whole other year to be in my thirties! Someone might need to remind me of this post next year! 🙂 As for this year I will Birthday, and I will do it with Thanksgiving. (Pun intended) I challenge all of you to think about what you are thankful for! Leave me a comment and let me know! Let’s all start treating everyday like Thanksgiving, well maybe not the eating part…that could be a problem! 🙂