Check out this Ã¼ber cool birthday celebration!
Yep. Tomorrow, July 10, 2008, is my fiftieth birthday. Last year I had a huge social media birthday. It was really cool. But donâ€™t do it again. Instead, let me suggest what Iâ€™d like for my birthday.
1. If you know someone who canâ€™t afford to go out to lunch with your office group, slip them a $10 anonymously. Bring them into community. (If you donâ€™t know someone, send something to the local rescue mission.)
2. If you know someone who is fighting cancer or Alzheimerâ€™s or panic attacks or depression, sit with them, listen to them.
3. If you know someone who locked up for something they didnâ€™t doâ€“or even something they didâ€“send them a note. If you can, visit them. Talk to them. The people I know who have been on â€œankle braceletsâ€? could use someone being kind.
4. There are people who go shopping at Goodwill and Salvation Army. They canâ€™t afford more than the $2 for a pair of slacks. So pack a bag and drop it off.
5. Sometimes people get to demand your time (bosses in particular). Throw one of those people off-balance by offering to help on the next part of the project.
6. Shake hands with someone who no one else will touch. Or at least look them in the eye and talk to them.
7. Tell God that you canâ€™t figure everything out yourself.
8. Find a little kidâ€“a niece, a neighbor, your ownâ€“and listen for how they talk about what they believe. Listen to their trust.
Thatâ€™s it. Do one of those things for me. Tell them Jon sent you.
(It will be easier to explain an internet friend than explain that Jesus said these things, too.)