Today I’m celebrating my birthday. And, yes, it’s a special one. It’s a day where I can look back clearly on my life and see the moments that have made me into the person I am today.
I don’t look at it as getting older. I just see it as getting more reflective and hopefully a tad bit wiser. The values and beliefs I hold so dear are more important to me than ever and the people who share my life, even more precious.
Life has been very good to me, and that’s why I want to encourage you today with a few truths I’ve come to learn over the years. I hope they are a blessing to you as well and help you reflect positively on your own life.
It’s all about relationships.
No one has ever gotten to the end of their life and wished they had spent less time around the people they care most about. At the end of it all, people are the true reward. Nurture your relationships like you would a beautiful garden full of flowers. Spend time with your loved ones and take care of them. They will give back to you in countless ways and make you richer in your heart.
Speak life-giving words.
Words have power, and how you speak can have a huge impact on others. Criticism is one thing if it’s given constructively and in love. But, criticism that’s given just to tear down is contrary to God’s creative gift in us all. He wants us to encourage and build people up. Learn to speak words of healing and wholeness. Laugh a little and bring more joy to others.
Spend alone time with God.
Like you, I have a “to do” list a mile long, but that doesn’t keep me from spending quiet time with God, reflecting on His goodness and letting Him guide me in my daily activities. I don’t do it because I’m a saint…I do it because I need Him so desperately to keep me from going crazy and getting overwhelmed. His presence restores my soul and gives me peace. Spend some quiet time with God and see how it changes you.
As I celebrate my birthday, I encourage you to celebrate your life as well. Remember these important truths and treasure all of life’s moments in your heart.
May God fill your days with love, fun living, and happiness.
Blessings to you always,