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A birthday day-brightener

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"I'm so glad you were born!" is such a nice thing to say to someone. It can brighten up the darkest of days. It can bring a whole new perspective to life in general. Sometimes people wonder why they were born, or why they are even here. Days can be busy and stressful. Nights can go by too fast. Time to relax can be hard to find. Sometimes it makes a person ponder if anyone even notices their presence. But, one nice comment can change everything--if only for a few moments. It can linger in the mind, though, and reap many more benefits.

Everyone has a birthday. Some people look forward to them; whereas others deny their existence. A birthday is a day to celebrate and be glad to be alive. It means that we have made it to see another day, and look forward to another year. Sometimes the day goes by unnoticed, which can be a saddening thing. Other times, it can be a day filled with activities and goes by in a blur. Then, of course, there are many stages in-between. Whatever way the day goes, it is a special day to enjoy as one's own. Even if the idea of being a year older is an issue, there is still reason to be happy and celebrate. Each day that goes by is another day of living the life that God has for us. It is up to us to make each day the best that we can. Not just for ourselves, but for those around us, too. Each birthday gives us the opportunity to begin again and to put another year behind us.

1 Peter 23 says, "You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for 'All flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever,'" (The New American Bible, 1991, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.).

Make today a new day. Celebrate whatever it brings. Send a little joy to yourself and others.

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