- How do you celebrate birthdays? How do you celebrate Jesus' birthday?
- Who would you share your toothbrush with?
Reading: Psalm 145 and Deuteronomy 29: 29
A little disclaimer on our devotional writing for today: I'm going to take a personal privilege with this one.
Today is my birthday. I like birthdays. They are the one day a year when people make a big fuss over you. It's kind of nice to be the center of attention for a day.
Birthdays are also a time to reflect on your past and look at what you have done, look ahead at your dreams and ambitions, and review where you have been and where you might like to go.
I feel I have been very blessed. I was raised in a Christian family, had two top-notch parents who loved me and raised me well. I have some of the greatest people in the world and have had pretty good jobs in my working life. I've had great experiences that make up the fabric of my journey here on earth and now, I am blessed with my own wonderful family-- a loving wife, a terrific daughter, and a newborn son who brightens my days.
Which reminds me of a question asked of me once: Who would you share your toothbrush with? Your toothbrush is a very personal item. Many people think it is disgusting to share their toothbrush with anyone else. They may have germ phobias or just not even want to think about that idea.
Would you share your toothbrush with a family member? We have close bonds with our family-- they are, after all, our flesh and blood. They most likely would do anything for us. We've all been through a lot with our families.
Would you share your toothbrush with a close friend? Unlike family members, we get to choose our friends. We may feel closer to some of those people than we do members of our own family. They can be sources of inspiration and posts to lean on.
Would you share your toothbrush with God? After all, look what God has done for us. Count your blessings. And then think of Jesus Christ and the wonderful gift God gave us.
Now change the word toothbrush to "most intimate secrets." Who would you share those with? If you did not say you share them with God, it is too late. God knows everything about us-- all our secrets, all our thoughts, all our actions. We cannot hide anything from God. God is all knowing.
Ponder that the next time you brush your teeth. I know this "Crest kid" will be doing just that today on his birthday as he reflects on the past year and the times to come. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray for the future.