Today is my Birthday

by Tammy on January 4, 2018

Today I turned 51 years old. I don’t normally feel that old, except when my sciatica makes me hunch over like an old lady. Today was definitely not the best birthday. My sciatica has been in full flare since Christmas, so there is the almost constant pain, and yesterday I noticed that one of my parrots, my green cheek conure Jasper, was not acting quite right. I knew that he wasn’t feeling well, and when birds display illness, it is usually quite advanced. I put him to bed a bit fearful that I would wake up to a dead bird on the bottom of the cage, but he was acting almost normal when I went to get him and Avery, my fiery shoulder conure. Once I brought them downstairs, though, I knew he wasn’t feeling better. He could not open his beak to eat. I called right away and made a vet appointment. The vet thinks he has an ear infection, so he gave him an antibiotic injection and a vitamin injection. Jasper was not a happy camper, but he eventually forgave me. By the time I put him to bed tonight he was a little more like his ornery self, so I am hopeful that tomorrow he will be well on the road to recovery. Other than that, my birthday was lovely (minus the frigid temperatures!) Dan and April took me to dinner at Ruby Tuesdays. They have a great salad bar and I was able to get a plain baked potato, although I could taste some salt on it. Probably from someone else’s food, but it’s amazing how sensitive my taste buds have become to salt and oil. We also went to Menards to get some home improvement supplies in anticipation of getting the house ready to sell. All-in-all, it was a good day.

Jasper’s illness got me to thinking about sin. Birds hide their illness until they cannot hide it any longer. The reason they do this is because they are prey and flock animals. If they are sick or weak, they will get left behind (can’t slow the flock down) and that makes them vulnerable to predatory animals. Do we, as humans, hide our illness as well? None of us likes to admit that we are sin-sick, even though we all know it. But we hide it until it festers to the point where it cannot be hidden any longer. James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” How many of us actually confess our sins to one another? I sure don’t. And why not? Because my sins embarrass me. It’s bad enough that God knows my sins, but do I really want others to know what I am capable of?

We all have the capacity to commit egregious sins. None of us is exempt from the temptation to entertain our pet sins from time-to-time. We can only overcome by the blood of the Lamb. My sins are no worse than anyone else’s, yet they are mine and I often play them up to be so much worse. In God’s eyes, though, my sins hung Jesus on the cross just the same as yours, your husband’s, your children’s, and everyone else’s in the world did. Jesus willingly and graciously took my sins upon Himself, carried them to the cross, and died bearing them so that I would not have to do it myself. See, if I don’t accept His gift to me, the cleansing of my sins, then I will be accountable to God the Father on the day of judgment for all the wrongs I’ve committed. But if I accept that Jesus paid the price I should be responsible for, I can stand before God justified, righteous, and holy. Living Coram Deo means I should be turning away from my sins every moment of every day. I can never hope to be perfect while living in this jar of clay, but I can hope that I will never become so sin-sick that it becomes obvious to the world that I have turned away from my Savior. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live…” I encourage you to choose life!

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Susan January 7, 2018 at 10:21 pm

A belated Happy Birthday Tammy. I am 11 years older thank you and for the most part I do not feel 62. But I have had back, shoulder and neck problems and pain can get the best of you. I think my major sin is against myself because I don’t take care of myself. I need to eat better and get some exercise. I am keeping up with my Bible reading. Thanks for sharing that verse. Hugs

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