After seeing a sweet friend get flowers for her birthday yesterday I started thinking about how a birthday makes you feel. There is just something about the day of your birthday. It’s like something comes over us and nothing or no one can bring down this veil of pure happiness. I don’t know what it is, but you just feel like the queen of the world for a day.
Now I am not a scholar of the Bible, but the only mention of birthday celebrations in the Bible was that of Pharoah of Egypt. He prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff where we learn that after two of them had been thrown into prison with Joseph for quite some time, at the party, one was restored to his position as cup-bearer and the chief baker was hanged. Thankfully our celebrations don’t end so tragically, but we do let our happiness die out when our day is over.
Wouldn’t it be nice if every day was our birthday? Um, yeah! We see those who drive us crazy in a new light. Nothing they say will sour our day. When something doesn’t work out we have the most positive outlook that we will try again later and succeed.
Happiness is a feeling or emotion that will come and go. It is not something that will stick around. However, the Bible tells us to choose joy. We will have those days where everything seems to be working against us and we may not feel joyful, but joy is not dependent on our situations (Faith Gateway.com). We may be facing difficult circumstances, but we can still experience joy.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his santuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music. Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! Psalm 27:5-7 NIV
Choose joy no matter what or who you are facing.
What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way. Luke 6: 22-23 NIV
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NIV
Joy is a choice.
About a year ago, I came across a blog of Glizten Girl. Sara had a chronic illness where she was in constant pain all day, every day and was not able to leave her home because of it. I wish that everyone could hear her story. Sara reached out to others and supported and encouraged them instead of focusing on her very real and apparent daily struggles. She had an amazing way of telling how she chose joy. I encourage you to grab a tissue and check out her blog post about choosing an attitude of joy (here) and how she stayed so happy (here). She is no longer with us, but the legacy she left behind is something her friends and family would like to see shared. This is just a piece of her story:
I choose the joy. When something is going badly and I’m dwelling on it, I think
instead of something for which I am grateful. I swear to you, it’s as simple as
that. You just have to decide today, and again tomorrow. And before you know it,
you’ll have an attitude of joy more than any other attitude you have at your
I don’t always feel joyful when the kids are screaming nonstop, clothes are piled high, toys need picking up, or even when I can’t sit and watch a show without 50,000 interruptions. In the middle of it all, we have a choice.
I hope to always act like it’s my birthday and choose joy!
Live Each Day Like It’s Your Birthday!