People celebrate birthdays to honor their birth and the beginning of a new year. We celebrate the anniversary of one’s birth. Christians should use their birthday to celebrate the life God gave them and praise Him for it.
Birthdays are a good reminder of what God has given us. In fact, reminders are Biblical; God commanded the Israelites to set up stones to remind them of what God had done for them. (Joshua 4: 1-7)
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1957, a beautiful, baby girl that was intentionally and wonderfully made, was born to Festus and Sudie Brewington. May I share with you the story of my name? My mother was seeing Dr. Best during her pregnancy. Dr. Best had a nurse by the name of Merle Jackson. My mother had thought of two names for me. One was Paula Nicole and the other name was Sylvia Ann.
On one of Mother’s visits Miss Merle mentioned to mother that she did not have any children and if she did have a girl she would love to name her Milley Rosemond. Miss Merle went on to explain to mother why she liked the name Milley Rosemond. During Miss Merle’s day, there was a very spiritual lady that traveled from place to place helping people in any way that she could. She would pray with them and offer great encouragement. This lady’s name was Milley Rosemond and she had meant a lot in Miss Merle’s life.
This story touched my mother and since Miss Merle did not have children and my mother had four children that she had named, (and one had died shortly after birth), my mother allowed Miss Merle to name me Milley Rosemond. To me this is a great honor knowing that my mother allowed someone to name me after a lady that was about God’s business being a servant and caring for the needs of people. My life had a very humble beginning.
May we never forget what Jesus did for us. Our birthdays provide ways to mark our maturity. The day of one’s birth is not the important thing. It is merely the beginning of our life’s journey. What is important is what we do with our lives, not how or where we begin. For the true Christian, this life is a life of struggle and overcoming trials and tests. I am so thankful that God has given me the gift of His everlasting love. (John 4: 8, 19) Our Lord Jesus Christ is heaven’s best gift to us. The gift you are given also reveals your worth to the giver. For God to give us Jesus means we are worth more than we can ever imagine. God freely gives us the gift of eternal life that was brought to us by the blood of Jesus. God values me therefore, I will value myself. God wants me and you to take care of ourselves and enjoy life. We should not waste the investment that God has made in our lives. The Bible insures us that the Lord has created us and given us all a purpose.
I have learned in my life that we may make our plans and it is God that orders and directs our steps. (Proverbs 16:9 and Proverbs 19:21) I had plans to work as a food inspector with the USDA until I retire but God had other plans. From day to day I make plans and God leads me in another direction. We are to know and remember God’s Word. Remember what God has done in the past. Recall the times that we have called out/cried out, and He responded. Recollect the times when there was no hope, but God came through.
If He did it then He will do it again. Can I get an Amen, Hallelujah, Praise The Lord! Somebody knows what I am talking about because He has done it for you time and time again. Do not forget what God has done. I remember later being informed by family members that on the night of Oct. 30, 2001, while en-route to work and I was in a very traumatic auto accident. There were over 28 trauma doctors that had no hope for my survival. Even the doctor in the trauma room (room No. 9) at Sampson Regional, had pulled the sheet over me and informed life flight that I would not make it to UNC hospital. But God!
Psalm 73:28, “But it is good for me to draw near to God. I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.” Be grateful to God for the rest of our lives. Be grateful that we have God’s strength, power and provision in our lives. I am a believer because God made me alive when I was dead. If God is on my side, who can take eternal life from me? No one. If the Son has set me free…I am free indeed. I can live with the boldness that comes from being a child of the King. Seek to do what He asks and go where He leads. I will always remember what God has done and rest in His grace. God has done many miracle in my life and the greatest miracle is when He saved me because only God can forgive us and save us. Thank You Jesus!
Today, I want to simply rejoice and celebrate what God has done and Who He is. Deuteronomy 11:2, “Remember today what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with Him.” It’s not all about me, it’s all about God. Everything finds its purpose in Him. (Colossians 1:16) We are here for God’s purposes. God’s purposes are eternal. Lord, so teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. God is the One who gives life. God gives me courage and confidence. He takes my worries away as I cast my cares on Him. He gives me eternal life.
And He will “never” leave me nor forsake me! He is the One that helps me. I think of the song entitled, “Look What The Lord Has Done.” The words are: “Look what the Lord has done. Look what the Lord has done. He healed my body, He touched my mind. He saved me just in time. I’m gonna praise His name. Each day is just the same. Come on and praise Him. Look what the Lord has done.” Psalm 126:3, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” God has been awesome to me. It’s not what I have heard but what I know! If God has been good to you, you should give Him a “shout” of praise.
Since God has done great, wonderful and awesome things in our lives, when the next trial or test comes, we must remember what God has done and make up our minds to “never” forget. God has given me courage and hope that He will do what He has promised. (Deuteronomy 4:10) The most important thing is not what the world is doing, not what we are doing, but what God has done. We should lift our minds away from the terrible things that are happening in the world, and fix our minds on God and what he has done.
In what God has done, we will find reason for a joyful confidence that will last into eternity. God has qualified us for His Kingdom and He has forgiven us! If He never does anything else but save our souls from hell and guarantee us an eternal home with Him in heaven, He has already done far more than you or I deserve and enough to keep us grateful for the rest of our lives. But I am thankful there more. We should live prayerfully, thankfully and joyfully never allowing Satan to steal our joy. Psalm 68:19,” Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”
Psalm 92: 1-2, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name…to declare Your loving kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” A day that begins and ends in prayer won’t become unraveled. We can also praise God three times a day when we sit down to eat. Romans 14:6, “He who eats, eats to the Lord, for He gives God thanks.” It is a silent reminder to those around us and a visible reminder to all of us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above. (James 1:17), We are all blessed because of God mercies that are new every morning and His great faithfulness.
I love the song “Blessed Assurance.” The first verse is: “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine. O what a foretaste of glory divine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God. Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.” Then the third verse: “Perfect submission, all is at rest. I in my Savior am happy and blessed. Watching and waiting, looking above. Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.” The chorus: “This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long. This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long.” Psalm 128: 3, “The Lord has done great things for us. We are over joyed.” I have heard the quote before, “Everyday is truly a gift from God. That is why it is called the Present.” I am so thankful that God thinks of me everyday, He watches over me, He cares for me, and His love is unconditional and everlasting. Psalm 5:3, “Each day I bring my requests to the Lord and wait expectantly.”
You may be wondering, well what is Milley’s age? I am not one that is ashamed to tell my age because it is a blessing to still be numbered among the living. I will be the blessed age of 60 on Sept. 10. As I look back over my life, I can truly say, God has been good to me and I give Him “all” the Praise, Glory and Honor because of Who He is! Never forget but always remember what the Lord has done.
So praise the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name forever!
Milley Brewington is a guest columnist for The Sampson Independent.