I turned 29 last week. What a huge admission! And I feel grateful to God that I made it this far. If I make it, I will have outlived Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, and James Dean.
However, in the weeks leading up to my birthday, as my husband inquired about how I would like to celebrate and what gifts I would desire, I couldn’t help but feeling underwhelmed with myself. Like I wasn’t worth celebrating. Ever felt that feeling?
See, growing up, my value and status was always dependent upon my accomplishments. I was only worthy of being accepted by my family when I won first chair in band or became the leader of a club. And this year, well, I didn’t accomplish anything major. So my mind drew the wormy conclusion that there was no reason to celebrate.
Fortunately, I shared my birthday blues with my husband and didn’t let the wormy thoughts percolate any further. He gave me a big hug and then took me to the Bible. (What better place to find a reason to celebrate life!)
Here is why I celebrated my birthday (and will be celebrating everyone else’s’ birthdays) enthusiastically:
- We are image bearers of God uniquely crafted for His glory!
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
- If we see another birthday, it is because God has so graciously sustained us to that point!
“Sustain me as You promised, and I will live; do not let me be ashamed of my hope.” (Psalm 119:116)
- God knit us together in our mothers’ wombs and our birthdays mark the completion of this secret process.
“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.
God, how difficult Your thoughts are for me to comprehend; how vast their sum is! If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with You.” (Psalm 139:13-18)
So praise the Lord for another wonderful day to gratefully celebrate His goodness and mercy to you ❤
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