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I celebrate my 57th birthday today. I would say that because of the COVID-19 stuff, I will not get to celebrate but that's would not be accurate. I'm not much on celebrating the day with others, I tend to like to be more private. So my wife and I will not go out to dinner or go anywhere, I like to go railfanning, but we will make up for it later. She watches trains with me and gets to choose her favorite places for dinner.
Over the years, since I do not enjoy birthday parties when I'm the center of attention or part of the month's birthday groups, I've had people say "what aren't you glad you were born?" Or, "what is wrong with you? You don't like parties or cake?" Well, there is nothing wrong with me, I am an introvert who happens to really like it this way. I've tried pushing myself to enjoy those things but in the long run of life, I do not like it and I need to be happiest with who I am.
One of my friends from what seems like a bazillion years ago now, who lived near where I bought my first home, didn't celebrate her birthday but she celebrated the day she became a Christian. To her, and she's definitely right, that was the day that she came alive! She was re-born. She accepted Christ as her Savior and began walking in a new life. I would do that too, except I do not remember the exact date as I was a very young boy and I re-affirmed my beliefs and faith in God in college.
I like to use my birthday, or a day near it, to reflect on my life. Though not always on the exact day, I think about the things I have accomplished, the places I have been, and the people I have met. Are there things that I wish I had done and haven't? And, what could I have done or be doing better? Of course, life isn't perfect and it doesn't always turn out the way you want or intended. However, while I will reflect on those to better myself, I try not to allow myself to focus on those negative things in my life. Yes, there situations I would like to forget or erase from my life and forget they ever happened. I just learn from them, talk to God about them, and move on.
However, that is one of the awesome aspects of being a Christian. I don't have to hold onto the negative things in life that have happened to me or I have done to someone else. I can repent to God, ask His Forgiveness, and go forward. He takes those things and throws them away. This doesn't mean we aren't responsible for our actions because we are. We still might have to pay for those actions or make good on whatever. However, your life in Christ takes on a whole new meaning and those things disappear.
As I reflect today on my 57 years of this life, I am very thankful that I became a Christian at an early age. God has been part of my life and when I look back over the years, I can see so many times when He guided my steps in a better direction or placed me in places He wanted me to be for many reasons. God has blessed me over the years to have supplied my needs according to His riches. That doesn't mean that I am rich according to world standards as I am not. It does me that He loves me and takes care of me.
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