I am 20 years old today, in the... Gregorian, Julian, Persian, Indian Civil and Hebrew Calendars. I'm 21 in the Islamic calendar.... I've seen 247 full moons, and 7,305 days.
It took me a long while to become at peace with my birthday being
so close to Christmas - simply being near to this holiday means I
miss out on the simple joy of a birthday party of any regular
scheduling. I celebrated my seventeenth birthday party along with the
prior three years' (which I had forgotten to celebrate) in June two
It is very much a difficult thing to talk about, because the
humility culture I was raised in told me not to complain about my
birthday being shafted by the birth of our Lord and Savior. Thus I
kept silent about many of my misgivings, and I can attribute a great
deal of my cynicism to the fact that, since my birthdays were always
lesser affairs, I was quickly disillusioned to the thought of
celebration. Or, perhaps the correct phrase is “I was quickly
turned off...” no matter.
Thus, my birthday's always been
spent being the most corporately awake with the rest of my family on
any given day, with no party, while other people have parties and
revelries on their own days. Thus, as an outsider looking in on these
celebrations, I must make a quite apt observation of the moment.
Observe the average person
celebrating their own birthday. It seems that they are celebrating
themselves, but in reality many of my friends are celebrating the
fact that God gave them breath and charged them with the task of
spreading the Gospel. But, as with practically any good thing God
intends, we (and by “we”, I intend to accuse the average
celebrant; if you feel this does not apply to you, then by all means
drop this accusation from your offense) quickly make it more garish,
lavish, and selfish. No longer is God in the picture, but simply....
I will change my scope to another
target, to avoid playing the “selfish world” fiddle again, as its
strings are so overplayed as to make its melody cliché. My birthday
this year will be mostly spent with the fine people at Passion City
Church. Serving alongside them as we park, guide and lead people to
and in worship. I think this will be a quite fantastic day,
precluding an equally fantastic year, friends.