Of course – when it actually turns out really special and everything goes my way – I am happy. But oh – if the kids are difficult and my husband has forgotten to buy me a present – I turn into a grouch and for some reason I feel justified – it’s my birthday! But I don’t see an exception clause in the Bible for selfishness on special occasions (like Mother’s Day – for some reason selfishness creeps in on that day too – yucko!).
I Corinthians 13:5 says Love “is not self-seeking” – so whether it’s my birthday or not – my kids should not have to go through the day with a “self-seeking” mommy. Philippians 2:3 says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition” – my husband should not have to go through the day on pins and needles trying to make his wife happy.
Acts 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
This principle is true everyday of the year and on Birthdays too – because God’s word is always true. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” – even on my birthday! So off I go to cheerfully serve my family like every other day of the year – but this year I feel steadfast on watching that no selfish ambition or self-seeking attitudes creep in.
By the way, my hubby has a business meeting all day today so we won’t be able to be together on my birthday… I’m trying to not dwell on that. But I do have two gifts that the Lord has given me – my son and daughter, who are going to be with me all day and they plan to take me out to dinner – I am honored to be their guest!!! Wonder where they will take me? I’m not sure I’m selfless enough to let them choose or I could end up at the golden arches for my birthday…hmmmm… what’s that verse in Acts again??? Lol (Laugh out loud)!