Value or Riches

It’s my 33rd birthday today!!!  I love birthdays…and in fact, I take a week to celebrate them and try to do something new each year during that week, a great reminder that life is now, not tomorrow, or next year.

It isn’t a celebration of “look at me”, but rather a thanks to God for where He has brought me and just an appreciation of how He created me.  People ask me what I want for my birthday.  Some might think because of such a long celebration I’d like elaborate, expensive gifts.

But I don’t want to unwrap packages of things.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy nice things.  I enjoy shopping and thoughtful gifts.  The truth is, I just want to be surrounded by my close friends, make new memories, experience new things.  Out of my 33 years of life, I’m most thankful for my relationships and friendships.  I look at these people in my life and want them to see a woman, a friend who appreciates them, who follows through on her word, who they can trust, who will listen, who will challenge them, who will be there to help, who will speak the truth, who knows how to love.

“A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich;
a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.” Proverbs 22:1

I want the next 33 years of my life to exemplify that.  I may not have many “things”, but I’m rich in so many ways!!!!