Chloe was recently invited to another child's birthday party. We went and bought a gift, wrapped it up and took it to the party venue. The party was being held at an ice skating rink which had a "special" room where the "special" girl could have her "special" time uninterrupted by the "common people," it seemed.
When we walked in we saw all sorts of bright decorations, helium-filled balloons, cake and cookies and chips and dip and snacks and drinks. Personally, I was amazed at all the colors of drinks! There were fizzy cola drinks, orange drinks, grape drinks, fruit punch drinks and lemonade. It looked like a rainbow had exploded inside all the little plastic one-swallow cups.
Chloe presented her gift to the birthday girl, then took her seat. Just before the cake was cut and served to everyone, the candles were lit, the lights turned out and the singing started. As all the children and other adults joined in I looked at Amy, rolled my eyes and said, "Oh, isn't that typical? It's all about the birthday kid!"
Amy elbowed me in the ribs. Hard. Genetics gifted Amy with small, pointy elbows; her elbow found its way between two of my ribs. Once my eyes quit watering and I caught my breath again, I made a mental note never to stand so close to Amy on her dominant side again.
Even though my comment was a joke (kind of), the birthday party really is all about the kid whose birthday it is. After all, it's the child's special day, a day of special recognition. For just one day, the child is treated like a king (or in this case, a queen).
One of these days, if you've accepted Christ as your savior, you will be in attendance at another party. It will be a party in heaven thrown for a very special recipient: Jesus Christ, the son of God.
There probably won't be cake and cookies and soft drinks there, but we will all bring him gifts. Our gifts will be our praise, glory, honor and worship of Christ for who he is and for what he has done. To paraphrase the Apostle Paul, every knee will bow and every tongue will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).
With all joking aside, it truly will be all about him. And he will deserve this special recognition which will not last for just one day, but for all eternity.
Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears every other week in Sunday Life.