On January 10, 2018 I published a blog titled Kids and Resolutions on Purposeful Parenting in the category of Spiritual Development. I wrote about choosing a theme for a season to lend focus for a family. It was an idea I did not implement until 2021. I decided to do this for 2021 in early 2020 before the pandemic hit.
I realized that the summer of 2021 would be the 50th anniversary of my decision to ask Jesus to forgive my sins and be Lord of my life. I don’t remember the exact date. Following that event I was baptized in August 1971.
In marriages a 50th anniversary is a golden anniversary. Biblically, a 50 year time mark is a jubilee. In the Bible in Exodus chapters 16 and 23, and in Leviticus 25 you will find God’s instructions for a jubilee. It was a time of allowing the land to rest, forgiving debts, liberty for slaves, and trusting God for His provision.
I have focused all of 2021 on my jubilee. IIt was fifty years ago, that in faith through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection my debt of sin was forgiven. I was spiritually free and given a new start or reboot.’
Therefore I am celebrating Jesus working in my life. To keep that focus I made a list of actions and goals for me for the year. Some items on my list were fun and easy and some were challenging and even a sacrifice. I have not completed the list of 26 things. I have altered a few.
The following are some items on my list.
- Cut off 10″ of my hair for a donation.
- Write letters to three former pastors.
- Write letters to four people who were foundational to my spiritual growth.
- Plan a grand 5 day celebration/vacation with my 5 children, their spouses, 17 grandchildren and my husband. Total 29 people.
- Make a donation to the local crisis pregnancy center.
- One week TV/media fast.
- Make a scrapbook of the trip and celebration.
- Read a book by Francis Chan and another by C.S. Lewis – both great men of Christian faith.
- Randomly pay for someone’s meal.
- Pray for a 50 minute block of time every month.
- Fast from food.
- Serve at a local charity.
- Speak about my Jubilee at three churches.
- Make cookies/muffins for neighbors.
- Memorize a long passage of scripture.
- Make a quilt project.
- Blog about it.
This celebration has been truly joyous. Rather than spending a year preparing for a one-day event, I am spending a year celebrating a one-day event. That is an oversimplification because I actually am spending the year focusing on living every day with Jesus and celebrating His faithfulness to me for 50 years.
A spiritual birthday/anniversary can be celebrated like others at yearly intervals with greater celebrations at significant milestones. Everything we do for the Lord is eternal. So, Celebrate!