This week I am going to turn 38 years old. I don’t feel much more than 20 most of the time, but I have the life experiences to prove I’m not that young anymore.
Back in October I read a blog post that blew me away. It was about a woman who did 38 random acts of kindness on her birthday. (Also, check out The Birthday Project.) After reading it I sat down and typed up some things I wanted to do for my birthday.
I told my parents and my brother that I didn’t want gifts for my birthday and that I wanted them to help me with my ideas. I had things on my list like making 38 cards for nursing home patients and donating 38 food items to the local food pantry, just to name a few. I was really excited about the whole idea.
Then, Christmas came around and money was super tight. I thought maybe after the first of the year I would be able to get my ideas going. But, guess what? My goals started feeling too hard to reach. The time for my birthday is almost here and my ideas never came to fruition.
Today we celebrated my birthday with my parents and brother’s family. I received cards and gifts which actually made me feel guilty about failing in my plan. Then, I read my parents’ card which said, “How do you do it all?” on the front.
That’s when I realized I can’t do it all. However, I can do something, anything. So, while I am not going to be able to do the things on my list, I am going to give this birthday giving thing a shot.
During the course of this week, I hope to do at least one thing each day to give to others. Whether it be a gift that costs money or one that costs only my time, I want to give because I have been so blessed these 38 years by what others have given to me. Not only that, but I have been so blessed by God’s gifts of love, especially His gift of Jesus.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.