Yesterday was my half birthday. I didn’t even know that was a thing, to be perfectly honest. But one of my very best friends is a big fan of half birthdays, and she has been mentioning mine on and off for a while. I didn’t think she’d actually do anything, because, like I said, I didn’t know half birthdays could be a thing, but she definitely did! This wonderful woman baked me a cake! How cool is she?! And if that wasn’t enough, my boyfriend also surprised me with flowers! Sunflowers! My absolute favorite.
Tom (the boyfriend) is one of my favorite people ever, and one of my favorite things about him is his sense of logic and practicality. Celebrating a half birthday is in no way logical or practical. But I love birthdays, and he knows how much I love birthdays. He went out of his way to celebrate me with thought and intentionality. He’s the best, you guys.
This all might not seem like much to get excited about, but let me tell you, I felt so loved and cared about. God moves in the coolest ways. He has blessed me with an incredible relationship and beautiful community. I love these people with my entire being. They have taught me so much. They have strengthened my feet on my walk with Christ. They are the most encouraging people I have ever met. They are a beautiful, tangible expression of God’s love for me. They remind me every single day that I am enough. That I have a purpose in this world. That I am loved.
don’t just pretend to love others. really love them. hate what is wrong. hold tightly to what is good. love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.
So here’s the thing, you guys. Celebrate half birthdays. Celebrate the small things. Give someone flowers for no reason. Share a genuine compliment. Take the time to pray with someone. Take any opportunity you have to share an authentic expression of love with someone. But don’t just do these things to do them or to complete your good deed of the day. Find joy in celebrating and lifting each other up.
The thing is, when you love on someone, you aren’t just sharing your love; you are also sharing Christ’s love.