Yes, even on my birthday I keep my death before me. It makes life sweeter by increasing my sense of its preciousness.
A friend of mine gave me a birthday card with this quotation by Josemaria Escriva: “Time is our treasure, the ‘money’ with which to buy eternity.”
On my birthday, I am filled with gratitude and responsibility – gratitude for God’s generosity in giving me these years and responsibility to live and love well with vision, depth, and hope.
I am thankful to my friends and family who have helped me to treasure time in this season – to sincerely savour and cherish it rather than wasting time or wishing it were some other time.
There is no better time, and “my times are in [His] hands.” (Ps. 31:15)