Tuesday, May 6, 2008

birthdays [+] Tuesday E-Devotion

Proverbs 10:22 (nlt) --- The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,and he adds no sorrow with it.
 
Proverbs 20:7 (nlt) --- The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
 
Birthdays are everywhere I look.  Our oldest daughter's is today (see this blog post).  Yesterday was my dad's.  This week is one of my nephews and a cousin and a church leader and another precious kid at church and another guy...the list keeps going on and on.
 
Whats the deal?  Kind of like that old commercial of "I want to buy the world a coke" if we tried to buy them all a gift or take them all out to eat it would never end, but I love making people feel special.  That is not always easy, but it is always right.  Think about it.  God has made us special in so, so many ways.
 
Since it is my little girl's birthday, we have been talking about how to make this day special...how to let her know that she is special to us.  Therefore, we go out of our way to share, spend time and do special stuff.  I like that.  I love my kids.
 
Has God done that for us?  YES.  He has gone the extra, and I mean the EXTRA, mile in declaring His love for us, in giving us big blessings and in leading our lives every day.
 
When it is your birthday, you don't have to open gifts or do special stuff.  But that would be strange.  You don't have to acknowledge what God has done or that He loves you.  But that would be wrong.
 
A couple things:
 
Proverbs 3:27 (nlt) --- Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them.
 
Go out of your way to make people feel special.  Tell those close to you what they mean to you.  Watch for those around you that need a hug or an encouraging word and give it to them.  Just do it.  This ought to be second nature for Christians.
 
Romans 8:38 (nlt) --- And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.
 
And another thing, let God's thoughts about you become real to you.  Confess it...God loves me!  God has forgiven me!  God has blessed me!  I praise you, God!!!
 
Those two things may change your life.  Wait a minute.  Those two things will change the people around you if you live that way.  It ought to be second nature for Christians.  You and me.
 
Another reason to make birthdays special...people matter to God more than anything else!

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