It seems like there are a few big events in Windsor’s life that she remembers. And I’ve never thought about it until this week, but they seem to all be connected to birthdays. Not long ago, I had a birthday that Windsor seemed excited for. Several months ago, Windsor was so very excited to finally get her very own “Birthday Puppy”… for Christmas. She had been asking for a “Birthday Puppy” for months. Every birthday, for Windsor, is a reason to celebrate. She learned that trait from some wonderful Christian role models! Apparently in Windsor’s mind the very best days are birthdays and she found another reason to celebrate this week. After several weeks of waiting, Molly arrived this Thursday. She is a recent graduate of Harding University and we have been telling Windsor for weeks that Molly is coming to visit. We have tried to let Windsor know how excited we are and how much fun Windsor is going to have this summer with Molly. I am learning, though, that you never know how people – especially children – will respond. When Molly arrived, Windsor insisted on greeting her right away. Windsor rushed into her arms, gave her a big hug and said, “Happy Birthday, Molly!” To Windsor, birthdays are the best days. School days are good. Pool days are great. Disney days are even better. But birthdays? Only the best things happen then. And I can’t disagree. Birthdays are filled with memories, friends, food, and usually lots of fun, too. But I think we miss a great opportunity when we only celebrate our physical birthday. After all, the promises that are tied to our spiritual birthday are so much greater.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. -John 1:12
Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. -Hebrews 2:11
And the family we gain on our spiritual birthday is one that lasts for eternity:
You have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. -1 Peter 1:23
So it seems like Windsor is on to something: Birthdays really are the best days!