Yep. Tomorrow, July 10, 2008, is my fiftieth birthday. Last year I had a huge social media birthday. It was really cool. But don’t do it again. Instead, let me suggest what I’d like for my birthday.
1. If you know someone who can’t afford to go out to lunch with your office group, slip them a $10 anonymously. Bring them into community. (If you don’t know someone, send something to the local rescue mission.)
2. If you know someone who is fighting cancer or Alzheimer’s or panic attacks or depression, sit with them, listen to them.
3. If you know someone who locked up for something they didn’t do–or even something they did–send them a note. If you can, visit them. Talk to them. The people I know who have been on “ankle bracelets” could use someone being kind.
4. There are people who go shopping at Goodwill and Salvation Army. They can’t afford more than the $2 for a pair of slacks. So pack a bag and drop it off.
5. Sometimes people get to demand your time (bosses in particular). Throw one of those people off-balance by offering to help on the next part of the project.
6. Shake hands with someone who no one else will touch. Or at least look them in the eye and talk to them.
7. Tell God that you can’t figure everything out yourself.
8. Find a little kid–a niece, a neighbor, your own–and listen for how they talk about what they believe. Listen to their trust.
That’s it. Do one of those things for me. Tell them Jon sent you.
(It will be easier to explain an internet friend than explain that Jesus said these things, too.)