Prodigal Son: A Birthday Blog

Remember the song “Celebrate” by Cool and the Gang?

Here are some of the words…

    Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
    There’s a party goin’ on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your good times, and your laughter too, we gonna celebrate your party with you.
    Celebration. Let’s all celebrate and have a good time. Celebration. We gonna celebrate and have a good time.
    It’s time to come together. It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure.
    Everyone around the world, come on!

I loved that song.  I still do!

So because it’s my birthday week, I want to celebrate what God is doing in my life at the tail end of my 42nd year! (Eeeek!!!)   Here’s what He’s been teaching me.

Remember the Prodigal Son?  Okay, quite a jump from Celebrate, but hang in there for a minute and check this out.

It says that after the son had been away and had squandered all his wealth, he came back to his father.  He came back hungry and penniless and expected to be treated as nothing more than a servant.  When his father saw him from a distance, he told his servants to rush and get him his finest robe, his signet ring, and then kill the fattened calf so they could celebrate that his son who was once lost, had now come home!

Holy cow! (No pun intended!)

That’s so radical!  That’s the love of God for us!

As most of you know, With This Ring is all about radical giving, but I never associated the party the father gave to the prodigal son as a radical gift!  How did I miss it?

How many other noteworthy gifts have I overlooked because they didn’t come in the form of a public gift or didn’t have a monetary value?

In the spirit of celebrating my birthday I am rethinking radical giving this week.  I want to ask you to do the same thing.  What radical thing is God prompting you to do that is so radical, your friends will think you’re crazy?

And the big question is: are you really going to follow through with it?

I’d like to ask you to write it down, even post a comment on this blog as your commitment to follow through.

I know that everyone reading this, myself included, would love to hear about it, and how it turned out!

Celebrate someone special, celebrate life by giving a radical gift, celebrate Jesus, and let’s have a giving party.

Who knows what we can do together?!?!

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