Why Birthdays Should Be Celebrated: A Christian Perspective
What's So Special About Birthdays?
Your birthday only comes around once a year, and it should be celebrated for several reasons. A birthday is a time when a person acknowledges the anniversary of their birth. In many cultures, birthdays are celebrated with gifts, parties, or other special activities. Below, we'll go over some of the most important reasons to celebrate your birthday.
6 Reasons Why Birthdays Are Important to Celebrate
- Your Birth Was Your Beginning
- Celebrating Is an Expression of Thanks
- It's an Opportunity to Refresh Your Outlook
- It Opens the Door to New Mercies
- It Is a Chance to Acknowledge Your Existence
- It's a Great Opportunity to Bond With People
1. 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 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 yet another chance to fulfill your unique mission.
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, celebrate, give thanks, and reflect upon how you are still alive to celebrate the day you were born.
2. Celebrating 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 your 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.— Margaret Minnicks
3. It's a Chance for a Refresher
A birthday is not only a time to think about your birth but also a time to think about your rebirth. To recall your birth is to call in 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.
4. It Opens the Door to New Mercies
To have lived another year is an achievement. After all, 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 awakened you with brand new mercies (Lamentations 3:22–23).
5. It's a Chance to Acknowledge Your Existence
When you celebrate your birthday, you acknowledge your existence on this earth. No matter what kind of family you were born into or what your past looks like, you are here to live your life to its fullest. Celebrating your birthday is a way to thank God for allowing you to be born and live to see another birthday.
6. It's an Opportunity to Bond With People
Birthday celebrations are great ways for your family and friends to bond with you if you let them. 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.
Celebrating your birthday doesn't mean that you have to have a big party every year. Sometimes people do have parties to celebrate what they call "the big ones," such as turning 18, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 70. A simple dinner with your family or a few close friends is usually all it takes to feel happy, uplifted, and appreciated. Greeting cards and telephone calls are always welcome as well.
So, why not celebrate your birthday each year? It is always good to acknowledge that you exist on this earth. Receive it in good faith when others are willing to celebrate your birthday with you.