August 1st, 2019

August is the only month in our calendar without some type of holiday. I have never had a problem with that. I am sure most people haven't. The reason that has never been a big deal to me is because my birthday is in August. So, I get to celebrate anyway.

Birthdays are interesting days. When you are young, you simply looked at them as a great time to celebrate. Of course, there were some birthdays that held a bit more significance than others. Turning 13 was a big deal for me ("I'Im a teenager!"). 16 meant I got my driver's license - that was a really big one. When I turned 18, I sort of felt a little more important. I could now vote. I also had to register for Selective Service, and the draft was still going on at that time. 21 was sort of a big deal. After this, it seems others start marking your "decade" birthdays for you (30, 40, 50, etc.).

As you grow older, it seems birthdays come and go more frequently and much more quickly. For me, my birthday has become a time when I try to do some reflection and some thinking. I review the last year and see what has transpired. I think of my walk with God and what has taken place.

It is good that we take times to do this. We need to pause at times and reflect on our lives and how we are progressing with regard to our walk with the Lord. God wants us to take time to look over what we have done, where we have been, and what we need to do to keep our lives in line with God's will. As we reflect upon God, there are things he wants us to remember about him. We are to remember him. Psalm 63:6 says, "On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night." We are to remember his works: Psalm 77:11 reminds us, "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago." We are to remember his Word: "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11). Use your birthday as a means of reminding yourself what we need to remember about God! Happy Birthday!

Pastor Steve Willis