Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A Shameless Birthday Wish
Yesterday I got an email from my mother asking me what I would like for my birthday. It took me off guard a bit, because I keep forgetting that I have a birthday this weekend. This Saturday I am turning 26. Only 26. Somehow I feel older. The last few years have just felt quite, quite long.
I don't know why, but birthdays no longer seem very meaningful in my universe. Maybe after turning 21 there just isn't anything too life altering about them. Or maybe having children takes away the thrill. It is way more fun to celebrate your child's birth than your own.
In Uganda, personal birthdays are rarely celebrated. There are few cakes, no balloons or songs. In fact, many Ugandans do not know off hand the exact date of their birth. This is just their culture.
Here in the States, though, we sort of expect our birthdays to be remembered and celebrated by the ones who love us. Unfortunately as I pondered this question of what I wanted for my birthday, nothing very tangible lept into my mind. I have so much already. I am sure if I sat down and really applied my mind I could come up with a list of plenty that I secretly want, but nothing that I truly need.
Actually, the first and only thing that came to mind when contemplating my birthday wish was a want I have for the needs of others.
As it is written "Tis more blessed to give than to receive." As one who has been on the end of much joyful receiving in my life, I can honestly say that all the pleasure I found in it cannot compare with the delight I have found in giving to others, especially to those who are in most desperate need of what we have.
All I really want for my birthday is for the ministry. I want us to be funded so we can continue to develop and meet the growing needs of the children in Uganda. I want to have peace of mind knowing that they will be fully fed, clothed, educated and mostly loved every day.
As I daily labor in a ministry channel through which many others give to the poor, I remember that the blessing runs on both sides of that highway. Those who are receiving in Uganda are tremendously blessed, but so are those who give...even more abundantly perhaps.
So in light of my upcoming birthday I want to extend an invitation to not give to me, but toward the blessing that we are seeking to pour out on the little ones in Uganda who have been overlooked and neglected by so many. They have not been forgotten by the Lord, though. And they have not been forgotten by His people.
Being able to gift them in His Name is what brings me most joy. I want others to taste that joy as well. The joy and the blessing.
To view my official wish via Causes click the link below: