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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Reflections on Birthdays and Service Rendered

Celebrating another birthday this week, I've once again been drawn into a contemplative mood. I won't share all of it with you, but here are two thoughts.

1. Our Sunday School class studied a lesson on the leadership principles demonstrated by Paul in 2 Corinthians. That, along with the message I worked on this past week about being ready for our King's return caused me to reflect on the nature of what I've done for the King. To be honest, when thinking about what I've rendered to Him for the last ?? years, how I've led in my home, my church, etc. I'm not entirely convinced I'd get the long awaited for "Well done my good and faithful servant." Maybe just a midlife crisis sort of thing, but I'm praying by His grace to offer service more pleasing to my King, more profitable for the Kingdom, etc.

2. What's with celebrating birthday's anyway? Our church still does the old thing where folks who have had a birthday come up front, we sing to you, etc. I asked my wife before going up "why do they applaud for me just because I survived another year?" She said, "It's not for you, it's praising God's grace He's given you for another year." Good thought, but I'm not sure most see it that way.

Anyway, along with thought number two, I recently read this post which I think is very good about this whole idea of celebrating birthdays. So check it out.

Are Birthdays Biblical? 2 Lessons from the (only) 2 biblical birthdays

1 comment:

Clint Archer said...

Thanks for the shout-out Scott.