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Why You Should Celebrate Your Birthday

Updated on September 11, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks has officiated at many weddings and has noticed various traditions and customs that are quite interesting.

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A birthday is a day that comes once a year, and it should be celebrated for several reasons. A birthday is a time when a person acknowledges the anniversary of his or her birth. In most cultures, birthdays are celebrated in some of the same ways. Often birthdays are celebrated with a gift, party, or some other special act. There are reasons birthdays should be celebrated.

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Your Birth Was Your Beginning

Your birth was the beginning of your life. God created you to serve a purpose in this world. Every time when you have a birthday, it is an indication that you still have work to do for the Kingdom of God. Your birthday is a sign that you have another chance to fulfill your unique mission.

So a birthday is a momentous occasion, to be commemorated just as a nation commemorates its birth or as an organization celebrates its founding. A birthday is much more than an occasion to receive gifts. Your birthday is a chance to remember the day that a major event occurred, to celebrate and give thanks and to reflect upon how well you are still alive to celebrate the day you were born.

Reasons To Celebrate Your Birthday
Your birthday is a special occasion.
Birthdays should be commemorated like a nation honors its birth.
Your birthday is more than an occasion to receive a gift.
Your birthday is an opportunity to give thanks.
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Celebrating Your Birthday Is An Expression of Thanks

A birthday is a time to celebrate birth itself. It is an expression of thanks to God for being born and still being alive. It is also an occasion to rethink your life. It is a great time to reflect on the past, evaluate your present and make plans for your future. It is a time when your past intersects with your present and future.

Your birthday is a transition from what was to what is to be.

A Birthday Is A Chance For A Refresher

A birthday is not only a time to think about your birth, but your birthday is also a time to think about your rebirth. To recall your birth is to recall a new beginning. No matter how things went yesterday, or last year, you always have the capacity to try again. Your birthday is a refresher, a chance for regeneration; not just materially, but spiritually.

New Mercies On Your Birthday

To reach another year is an achievement to have lived another year.You have another year's worth of blessings to thank God for. Think of how much of God's air you have consumed during the year. Think of how many nights God allowed you to lie down and sleep and how many mornings He has awakened you with brand new mercies. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Acknowledge Your Existence

When you celebrate your birthday, you acknowledge your existence on this earth. No matter in what kind of family you were destined to be born, you are here to live your life to its fullest. Celebrating your birthday is a way to thank God that He allowed you to be born and to see another's birthday.

Bond With People On Your Birthday

Birthday celebrations are great ways for your family and friends to bond with you, if they choose. Usually people make a special effort to be nice to you on your birthday. Birthday presents are good, but a wish that comes from the heart is worth all the presents in this world from those who love you. It truly is the thought that counts.

Celebration Ideas For Your Birthday

Birthday celebrations do not mean that you have to have a big party every year. Sometimes people do have parties to celebrate what they call "the big one" such as turning 30, 40, 50, 60, or 70. A simple dinner with your family or a few close friends usually is all it takes to make a person happy and feel appreciated. Greeting cards are always welcome as well as a telephone call.

So, celebrate your birthday each year. It is always good to be acknowledged that you exist in the earth. Receive it in good faith when others are willing to help you celebrate your birthday with you.

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      Margaret Minnicks 10 days ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Pat, for reading my article and sharing your comments. Good for you to have done some things for yourself when you start shopping for personal items a month ago.

      Don't worry about the result of your mammogram. As you said it doesn't have to be serious. Otherwise, the doctor would have told you to return sooner than six months from now.

      Enjoy your birthday!

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      Pat Graham 10 days ago

      Margaret thanks for thinking of me. Enjoyed reading the article. This year I started shopping a month ago. I bought clothes, perfume and ended it with a new bible. It's a NIV study bible that I got from QVC. I look it. I had my annual mammogram this morning. I have some calcium build up in my left breast. So I have to go back in 6 months. I know calcium build up doesn't have to be serious. However I would have rather they not have found anything. So please keep me in prayer.

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      Margaret Minnicks 3 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      I hope you enjoyed your birthday!

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      Darlene Winston 3 weeks ago

      Great article! Thanks

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      Margaret Minnicks 4 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Charlotte, thanks for reading and responding to my article. I cannot believe you turned 84 years old today! Blessings to you!

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      Charlotte W Strayhorn 4 weeks ago

      Thanks Margaret for sending me this Birthday Greeting. It was well received and it made my day. God bless you.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks a lot, Beverly Mucha, for reading and commenting on my article about your birthday. I hope you enjoyed your birthday!

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      Beverly Mucha 6 weeks ago

      Great article - thank you for the birthday wishes - stay healthy and happy as always my friend!

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      Margaret Minnicks 7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, suziecat7, for reading and commenting on the hub about birthdays especially on your own birthday. I hope you are enjoying your "new beginning."

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      suziecat7 7 weeks ago from Asheville, NC

      Great Hub. I always see a birthday as a new beginning no matter how old I get. I agree it is a positive thing.