ALERT: rather long, and potentially gut-wrenching, heartfelt, love-drenched words lie within.
Okay, so it’s coming up to the end of my birthday, and at the time of posting this, I have been living upon the surface of this planet for
24 years, 0 months, 0 weeks, 0 days, 1 hour and 18 minutes.
In that time, I’ve seen things given, taken away, doors opened and closed before me…but in the midst of all that has unfolded, I can rest assured that God has used each and every minute little thing to craft me and guide me to where I am today. That leads me to now.
With you guys.
Those of you who have me on Facebook will have seen that I did my best to reply to those who left me Birthday wishes on my wall, as goes *le same* for Twitter - I simply feel that, if people are taking time out of their day for me, the least I can do is take time out of my day for them.
Now I’ve never been one for thrusting myself into the limelight and making a huge fuss at the expense of others. It would usually be a drawback for an actor like me, who is very much into bold character work, especially comedy; but it’s not caused problems as of yet….
But I digress.
For me, today was just another day in my life; another year to add to the expanse of time that is mapped out before me, known to all as my life. My work colleagues showed me their appreciation, as did my friends from days gone by, brothers and sisters from my church, and of course, my beloved family.
However, in spite of today supposedly being about me, my heart has been elsewhere.
Firstly, there are some of you out there, a few from Facebook, a few more from Twitter, but mainly a LOT from this here website, who will never know, even if I were to have a genius’ grasp of language, the depth, effect, and importance of your words to/prayers for me….and I don’t just mean today.
Many of you have prayed over me, upheld me in times of difficulty, shared verses to set my sights in the right direction, or just reminded me that God has a plan for my life, and that it. is. good.
Be it Anon or not, you have been vessels of the Lord’s light. The ocean of Tumblr, as it were, is filled with friendly faces that are willing to lend a hand in a storm in any way they can, and I cannot say thankyou enough, even though all but 7 or 8 of my followers are people whom I have never had the fortune to even meet in real life.
Yet I still class you as lifelong friends, and dear brothers and sisters of Christ who I will forever hold close to the very core of my heart.
Saying that, as mentioned, never like to make it all about the me, so allow me to extend a thankyou to you all for the help you’ve been to others through God working in your lives. Though they may not be able to express it, there are people on here who hate themselves, who are scared about the future, who are surrounded by sickness, fear rejection, who spend days on end longing for things they cannot obtain, and who stress about studies, family life, and what on earth the future may hold for them.
These lives we uplift to the Lord are watched over daily, and though they may not see it, their struggles are only temporary. But I urge you to keep on praying for them; if your love and shining of God’s light into their lives is anything like what I have experienced from you all in my short time on here, I guarantee hearts have been changed; changed by the hand of God orchestrating conversations, opportunities and many more things.
I will continue to pray for anybody who needs prayer whenever you feel the need to share a worry or thought with me, but if those moments do not come to pass, know that I shall continue to do my best to be a good friend, but more importantly, a willing servant of Christ in my own life, and in whatever way He may extend that into your own lives through me, so be it.
Second point (much shorter, don’t worry!)
My Birthday is close to Christmas. 13 days away, in fact. This year has been very memorable, largely for the love i’ve received from your folks on here (for the first time ever :D ), efforts from people at work, a great meal with my family and then wonderful fellowship with my Bible study group.
My Birthday now ends in 17 minutes (this will have changed when you get to this point!), which I’m glad about, because there is a far more important birth at this time of year, that is so much more worth our attention.
I speak, of course, of the birth of Jesus Christ.
over 2,000 years ago, God brought this man into our world with a mission; that he might lay down his life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Now how about that -
Hands up if you’ve ever met Jesus in real life? No? Well that man you’ve never met hung on a cross, being ridiculed by those around him, bleeding to death and drained of almost all his blood, just so that you could have a relationship with God Almighty, and that, God willing, one day we might all join Him in Heaven.
Now you may think my Birthday is a day to celebrate, but in comparison to that? That is a birth that is much more worthy of attention and celebration. So much so, in fact, that it should be celebrated ever. single. DAY that we are alive, friends. :)
Let’s remember that this Season marks the birth of the Son of the One who makes each new day, each adventure, each new friend (shout out to you guys!) and every moment in life possible.
God is incredible.
You guys are certainly up there on my list of blessings from Him!!
That’s it - long post over. If you made it this far, well done! If not, too bad…you won’t be reading this anyhow!
Love to all of you as my day here draws to a close for another year,
May all peace, blessings and provision be yours forevermore,
your brother in Christ,