For the past 3 years I have been outside of the US in different countries on my birthday. Whether the dates of the trip so happen to fall on my birthday, or God intended it to be that way, I don’t know, but I do know I really enjoy spending my birthday doing the Lord’s work.
The first of the 3 years I was in Nicaragua with Paz Naz (the church I grew up in) on a mission trip. The 2nd of the 3 I was on the World Race and celebrated my birthday with my squad of 42 in Cambodia and had the privilege of going to Angkor Wat. This 3rd year I am in Belize on another mission trip with Paz Naz and there is no place I would rather be.
(My birthday in Nicaragua  working a medical clinic)
(My birthday in Cambodia  while on the World Race)
My heart beats with excitement when I am traveling, especially when it’s for Jesus. My birthday is a reminder that I was put on this earth for a purpose. That I was born into the family I was born into for a reason. And God wants me to use my life for him everyday not just my birthday! And when I say YES to his call, I end up in other countries on my birthday!
There is something about giving from yourself for the benefit of others. There is something about seeing the smiles on people’s faces when you are able to bless them. There is something about being selfless that gives you pure joy. It is humbling and honoring at the same time. This isn’t something you have to travel out of the country to do. It is something you can do in your own backyard!
On my dear friend Mary’s birthday this year, she made dinner for her friends. She wanted to bless others on her own birthday! With her own money, she bought everything she would need to make dinner, and served her friends. Another dear friend, Kari, planned her own birthday party, in her own backyard around her family and friends. She told me “I just want to be around the people I love.” These two ladies demonstrated a selfless act on the day of the year they could make the excuse “ but it’s my birthday!” And they did it because they are full of the Father’s love. I am overjoyed to call them my friends and sisters in Christ!
Stop. Take a moment and look at the faces of the people around you. How are you loving them? How are you a blessing to them? How are you being Jesus? Are you being selfish and thinking of only yourself or are you being selfless and looking at the needs of others?
How are you going to celebrate your birthday this year?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31