I don’t know if this is true for you but when you get past a certain age birthdays just kind of blow by and you don’t make as big a deal out of them as you did before the age of 21. As time has gone by, and the work God has given us to do has filled our days, and the kids God has blessed us to raise have made our lives overflow with joy, we’ve just not had time to make that big of a deal about our birthdays. Well, I should say we don’t make a big deal out of a birthday unless it’s a birthday that ends with a zero; 30, 40, 50. When there is a zero at the end of the birthday we go big or we go home.
On my 50th birthday Aleta surprised me with a beautiful old 1959 GMC Truck that drove up while we were having an amazing beach BBQ with all my friends. It was a stunning gift and celebration. This last Saturday I hosted this big event for my wife and my best friend. Though she’s turning 50 she only looks like she’s turning 30 and is still as playful and fun as if she’s turning 21. She is an amazing gift from God to so many people! I contacted all of her family and closest friends from Jr. High School, Sr. High School, and summer camp ministries and invited them to take a Sunset Cruise on the Monterey Bay with The Chardonnay II sailing charter. I had taken on extra speaking engagements, and saved all of my band gig money to scrimp together enough to pay for a bucket-list event in our lives. It was an amazing evening, and God is so good! There wasn’t any fog on the horizon, the sunset was amazing, and my wife was surrounded by people who dearly love her. The bible tells me “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh” Ecclesiastes 3:1 &4 and it also tells me that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” James 1:17. Every time we celebrate a birthday with a zero it’s a reminder that all good things come into our lives from a Heavenly Father who calls us His beloved.