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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
TITLE: Celebrating the day you were born
By Tesiri Moweta
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There are also people I have met who year in year out forget their birthdays. This one really gets to me. I call to say happy birthday and I hear “Oh, do you know I forgot?”“Happy birthday anyway” I tell them and drop the set. Birthdays don’t just mean anything to them because life is too full of more important things than birthdays for them.
But there are also those I have met who don’t joke with their birthdays at all and the only way they can show their seriousness for their birthdays is by throwing a big party every year (well, more like because they can afford it). Not that it gives them a deep significance for being alive, but it gives them an opportunity to show a new house, a spectacular costume made outfit and generally the vanity of life.
Another surprising set is the ones that don’t believe that birthdays should be celebrated.According to them, birthdays bring bad memories like John the Baptist having his head off on Herodias' daughter’s birthday. This is something I have never understood and probably would never. How could someone’s bad way of life inspire another to forget that there’s a good way of life altogether?
All in all, take it or leave it, birthdays are beautiful. Have you ever seen a woman giving birth or bringing forth a child to this world? If you have, you’ll agree with me that life is beautiful and God is wonderful! You’ll appreciate each birthday anniversary that you have the opportunity of seeing and remembering.
In my years on earth, I have seen different people celebrate their birthdays in different ways but of all of them, two strike me as the most profound so far. The first was my twenty-first birthday some years back. Most of my friends had nice bashes, great gatherings and received precious presents. Not too surprising, twenty-one was a land mark and it ought to recognizably celebrated. However, as mine drew near, the lord said to me over and over again “I don’t want you to celebrate like the others did, I want you to take the amount it would have cost to celebrate your birthday to that orphanage you pass almost everyday when you’re going out.” I did and it was the most amazing experience.I had never entered an orphanage before especially on my birthday but I did that day and saw those little children. I thought to myself, “why would anyone celebrate without remembering these ones?”
The second was on the Lord’s birthday, it was Christmas for the year two thousand and four and as much as I had activities lined up for the day, I got a call that my help was needed for a street kids Christmas party. Every other thing had to wait and I gave all that I could to helping with the children’s sumptuous meal. It was a fulfilling and satisfying experience for me.
Regardless therefore of how people see and celebrate that day called a birthday, I see birthdays as days we should say “thank you Lord for letting me live” and show that “thank you” by giving something to enrich another person’s life.Afterall, for you to be able to celebrate, your own life must have been enriched and there's nothing wrong with extending that enrichment to someone else.
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