Celebrating a "Re-Birthday"

Posted by Rebecca Yauger, Contributing Writer, on Apr 22, 2021

Celebrating a "Re-Birthday"

Whether we like it or not, birthdays keep coming. How do you celebrate your birthday? Do you dread it – knowing there are a few more wrinkles or more gray hair? Do you just feel “old?” Or do you say, “Thank you, God. Thank you for my time here, serving you.”

I’ve had cancer three times. The second time, my diagnosis came two days before my birthday. That diagnosis certainly changed my perspective about birthdays!

Suddenly my age didn’t matter. I didn’t think about how old I was turning. What originally had been “uh oh, I’m making the turn for the downhill slide toward 50” very quickly became “I’m too young.” I’m too young to be faced with another bout of cancer that could kill me. There’s so much more I had left to do.

On the day of my diagnosis, which was a Friday, I had already talked with my doctor, and was grappling with the emotional side of being told I had cancer again. Then the mail came. There was a package from my mother – a birthday present.

With tears still in my eyes from hearing the devastating cancer news, I opened my present. Inside was a silver necklace. And on it was one word: BELIEVE.

My tears of sorrow quickly turned to tears of awe and wonder. Although I was facing a long journey with cancer, and facing another birthday, there, in my hands, was a reminder to stay strong and believe.

Mom later told me she doesn’t know why she sent me the necklace. It had been a gift to her. But she doesn’t wear silver…ever. So, it was just sitting in her jewelry box, never to be worn. As my birthday approached, Mom thought she’d send it to me, not knowing it would arrive on such an awful day.

Hebrews 12: 1-2 (NLT) says,

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Believe that God has a plan for your life. Enjoy every moment of getting older. You can’t go back anyway. It may sound cliché, but to enjoy this life, take time for the small moments. I love when my five-year-old granddaughter holds my hand as we take a walk together. And when her two-year-old little sister opens her arms for “huggles,” as she calls hugs. The little moments are the most precious. I’m excited to see what more God has in store for me.

These days, instead of celebrating a birthday, I strive to have “re-birthdays,” where I remind myself to take time to thank God for my life and to rededicate myself to Him. To really dedicate myself to what His will is for me. I want to do the work He has for me by spending time in God’s word every morning, listening to His voice, and walking the path He has before me. I aspire to make an impact on those around me with the words I write and with how I live my life.

I may show a few battle scars, but if my eyes are focused on Him, then His light will shine. I want to stay focused on Him — and just BELIEVE.

How will you celebrate your next birthday?

Looking for ideas on how you can make an impact on those around you? Explore some of our opportunities to serve, here.

Share This:

Recent Stories

Swipe to Discover more

Celebrating 40 Years of Impact

Dec 01, 2021

Since its founding, Chase Oaks Church has grown to include multiple campuses. Our campus pastors share some thoughts about where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

What Is the Good Complex?

Dec 01, 2021

What if, in a world animated by fear, anger and isolation, there was a place that focused on all of the good that is happening around us?

Everything You Need to Know About the Advent Wreath

Nov 26, 2021

With the Christmas season upon us, we want to help you start the season right by making your own Advent wreath, an important symbol for this season.

What Is Advent?

Nov 24, 2021

Holiday traditions anchor us as they bring cheer into our homes. Explore the centuries-old tradition of Advent and how it can enrich your own Christmas celebration.


Nov 21, 2021

What do we do when the "happiest" time of the year isn't that happy, or when the things we yearn and strive for still leave us unsatisfied?

Thanksgiving Through the Psalms

Nov 19, 2021

As Thanksgiving draws near, let's cultivate a habit of giving thanks from the Psalms no matter what our circumstances may be.

My Journey with Anxiety and Depression

Nov 18, 2021

Mental health issues are increasingly common, but each person's experience with them is unique. Read about how one Gen Zer has navigated faith, anxiety, and depression, here.

Five Ideas for a Fun-Filled Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving

Nov 17, 2021

Though celebrating the holidays may look different for everyone, one thing hasn’t changed: how much we cherish connecting with friends and loved ones. Check out these five ideas for an easy and fun-filled Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving celebration.

Singled Out: Singleness After 30

Nov 10, 2021

Singleness after 30 can be challenging in a marriage-centric culture. Read one single woman's reflections on navigating this season with honesty and purpose.

Five Ways to Show Appreciation on Veterans Day

Nov 09, 2021

Veterans Day is a time for us to remember and to honor the men and women who made sacrifices to serve our country and to give us freedom. Take time this weekend to show appreciation for our veterans.