Today is a very special day for my family, because of two very special people. Our daughter is twenty-nine today. And today would have been my mothers eighty-fourth birthday. It was a great joy to have our daughter born on my mothers birthday.
But as any parent knows, time goes by fast. It is amazing, and always amazing to me, how fast this life moves. I don’t want to go down the path of thinking about the fleeting moments in life, but it really is true that life is fast or better, as James said, James 4:14 (NASB) 14 You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
I never realized how fast life moves until I started seeing my children grow and change and then seeing grandchildren come on the scene of life and even realizing that my mother was with the Lord. And I suppose I should add, as I have started to see my body changing, yucky. But it’s OK. Life is not meant to be a long time on earth. In fact, the Lord said that mans life is seventy years or a little longer if strength prevails (Psalm 90:10). Originally, it was not that way. When God created Adam and Eve, they were to live forever. But due to their sin, God made an end to man’s life on earth. And now, it is roughly seventy years or just a little over, for most people. And the joy we have and anyone has, who has confessed their sinfulness to God and put their trust in Jesus, who has paid our price for our sin, by dying on a cross and being resurrected, is to enjoy eternal life with Him and those we love, who have also put their trust in Christ.
So, how do we think of life and the people in our lives, if it goes by so quickly? First, we need to make sure that we enjoy the people around us and especially those in our family. Too often, families live very frustrated lives with one another. Often focusing on the negative and only “bad” things each day brings. It is true, there are many problems in families, because we all sin, everyday, and that sin frustrates and condemns and controls and wreaks havoc on many relationships. But, God doesn’t want it that way. He desires for us to love and care for one another. That’s why Jesus summarized the Bible in two commands. Love the Lord God with all of our heart, mind and soul and love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). I think we would all agree, it is much more enjoyable to be loved in this life.
Secondly, because life goes by so quickly. We should make much of birthdays. Not just our own, but those we know and love. You see, in the divine plan of God, His purpose from eternity past was to create life and give that life a place on earth. His desire was for that person to know Him and to serve Him and worship Him and, to live in harmony with all the other people He put on the earth.
A birthday should not be treated as just any day. It is the day that God blessed us with that person. In other words, think about life without the person you love. It is tragic and difficult and lonely and all the above. So, doesn’t it make sense that we should celebrate the day when God gave us that person to enjoy? Birthdays are special and should be treated as special because of the amazing work God has done to create and give life to that soul, that person we have grown to love. That person whom we spend our time with and enjoy life with. The person who is a reflection of you, if you are a parent. That person has helped you in so many ways to be the person you are and they have been the person you talk to when lonely or when sad or when you just need to hear a friendly voice on the other end of the phone line or the face you are so excited to see when you Facetime them. They are the one God blessed you and me with. So, we should celebrate the day people are born. They are living, breathing creations of God, who have been made in His very image. Reflections of His handiwork and Glory. What a blessing!
If you have not celebrated the birthday of someone you have loved and cared for, make it your plan to do so on the day or as close to the day they were born. If you can’t be with them, like in my mother’s case, reach out to the other people who knew them and where a part of that person’s life. Why? Because together, you knew that person for who they were and how they made such an impact in each of your lives. In fact, just before I started putting the post together, I texted my brother and sister and wished them a great day as we celebrate the life of our mother.
So again, make much of birthdays. Those are the days God blessed us with very special people.