Date: January 4, 2018

1. A celebration of the day one was born. It is indeed a happy day because the Almighty God has (added) increased one’s years, even though it could be a year of tears and sorrow or prosperity, happiness and peace. However the situation, you have chalked a good health or the good Lord in His divine wisdom has ushered you into another phase of the year.

2. The day is more or less a day of reflection, looking at the past to determine the future. A reflection of how you came into being. Who were your parent or mentor?  Were they collectively or individual able to set you on a stepping stone of life, e.g. educating, training, or financing your humble beginning, thus making you what you are today. A reflection of how cruelly you were treated but God intervened; hence you have pardoned or yet to. On your adversaries, taking a cue from Joseph, his brothers remembered how distressed he was when he pleaded with them for his life but would not listen. How deeply he was moved at the sight of his brothers when Pharaoh had elevated him as the next-in-command in Egypt. He went into his private room and wept. Later he made himself known to his brothers. “I am Joseph.” He rather consoled them not to be distressed, counting all problems, difficulties and imprisonment as a way God paved to save their lives.  

3. Who made you what you are today? Do you remember the agony your mother went through, how happily she dressed you for comfort, while she kept the soil still in the clothes. When your father refused responsibility for your upkeep, a burden difficult to bear, yet your mother did all she could even to the point of selling properties. Now here you are!! When your mother left you at a tender age to your father; she had no pity for your fate (age). Your father’s second wife was always in trouble if she dare treat you harshly or correct you. All this to make you what you are today. When your father and mother at the peak poverty sold their personal belonging to set you on a platform of life to make it easy for you. How difficult and stubborn you were to your parent. Always “your son or daughter” was the complaint people made. Yes, the good book confirms in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child, when I became a man, I have put childish ways behind me.” (NIV) Do you appreciate their patience and discipline, however harsh it was, an exhibition of love for your own good and better future, could you pardon them if you were resentful? Hebrews 12:8: “If you are not discipline and everyone undergoes discipline, then you are illegitimate children and not true sons” (NIV)

4. You lost your parent in a tender age, but who made you what you are today? Do you remember your mentor be he /she a relative or not (a good Samaritan?) Do you remember your spiritual father (your pastor) from your days of dedication and baptism, his counseling, which paved the way for your spiritual growth, hence your call into high office in your denomination: or, for telling the truth he has become an enemy. Are your parents and mentor gone to glory and are with the Lord? Have a minute’s silence in their memory as you celebrate your birthday.

5. A day of reconciliation, can you come down from the loft slumber and approach the least you have offended and ask for pardon and restitution if you have gone thus far. (Matthew 5:23-24 (Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the alter and there remember your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter. First go and reconcile to your brother, then come and offer your gift). A day of pursuing peace and sharing. A day of remembering your creator and renewal of your solemn pledge and commitment to serve Him and Him alone and love your neighbour as yourself.

6. Are you too young to reason? Is your life refereed by parents or mentor? Then as you celebrate your birthday, keep in mind that your destiny is in your own hands, your seriousness to advise, education and training today is a land–mark to your future prosperity or progress. Your adherence to natural laws of the creator will determine your health in old age. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Remember the prophet Jeremiah and the Recabite family (Jeremiah 35:5 and 6), “Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the men of the Recabite family and said to them, ‘Drink some wine,’ but they replied we do not drink wine, because our forefather Jonadab, son of Recab, gave us thus this command: Neither you nor your descendent must ever drink wine.” How does God see you in your private life? Are you a good example to your friends and family members?

7. Are you aged? As you celebrate your birthday, what legacy are you planning as you advance in age. Tomorrow is unknown, death comes at anytime. Between you and your maker, judgment after death. Therefore, the prayer of Moses in psalms 90:12: “Teach us to remember our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” must drum in your ears. The span of your days is but trouble and sorrow and tears tomorrow – May the good Lord have mercy on us, because today is yours but not tomorrow.

8. Are you celebrating your birthday in a quiet for lack of what to make it publish, don’t be down–hearted, you are celebrating a day very important and precious in your life, may the good Lord be gracious to your age. Are you celebrating your birthday in a grand style, inviting people to share and enjoy with you, small or great gathering, yes, a very important and precious day in your life, may the good Lord be gracious to your age. However, remember the statement of the master, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friend, your brothers or relative or rich neighbours, if you do, they may invite you back and you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the cripple, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12 NIV). Let humility be a precept when counting your blessing and days.

9. Long life and prosperity is the expectancy to the birthday, yet it carries responsibility and commitments to make it a Day of Happiness. God Richly Bless You And Keep You In The Blessing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

By:  Rev. S. K.  Davis (Rtd)                                                                                                                                                   Taifa - Accra