What Did You Expect?

BIBLE READING: 2 Tim. 1: 5 - 7 5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

What does the passage mean to you?

BLOG: Last month, I turned 56. (No, this blog isn't about me lamenting my age.) But it is about my birthday card.

This card was presented to me on the Sunday after my birthday. It has to be the biggest card I have ever received. It has more signatures than any other card that I can recall.

Now if you don't know, after a while the whole "celebrating the birthday thing" get's old. As a kid, you can't wait for it. As you get older, it's nice but not the highlight of your year. One year someone wished me a Happy Birthday, and I was surprised - because I forgot. We've all received the obligatory birthday cards from our Insurance Company or Car Salesman. 

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

But this year was different. I expect nothing for my birthday, and again I almost forgot about it. People kept asking me, "What did you do for your birthday?" My answer was, "My daughter and I went out to lunch at Steak N Shake." (I know high class - right?) But I was happy. 

Then on Sunday morning, I was interrupted mid-service to be present with this birthday card. I was taken back by it. I didn't know how to respond. I wasn't expecting anything. 

Here's the deal. When we go through life telling people how they should love us, we will often be disappointed. (Especially if there are a lot of details.) But if you will just let people love you the best way they know-how, quite often you will be pleased and overwhelmed with a simple homemade birthday card. 

PRAY: Dear Jesus, I think I will rejoice in this day you have made for me. AMEN