A couple of weeks ago I turned 26 (crazy!) and celebrated at my favorite place– Walt Disney World!
Playing at the Magic Kingdom all day was, well, magical. I loved meeting Mickey and Donald and Goofy and Mary Poppins and Belle (you’d think I was turning 6). I rode some of my favorite rides and finally made it on the big screen at The Laugh Floor.
We ended the day at Beaches & Cream eating lots of yummy ice cream–a whole kitchen sink full!
But all the friends who celebrated with me was the most magical part of the day.
Since I moved to Florida a little over a year ago, God has been teaching me so much about the importance of community. I’m an introvert, so in large groups of people, I generally observe and don’t often draw attention to myself. It’s hard for me to open up to people and go beyond the superficial in my relationships.
I guess I’m afraid of rejection or that I’m not worthy or good enough compared to all the other amazing people in the group.
The first fear is a real possibility, but if someone can’t accept you for who you are, then you’re probably better off without them. (Words of wisdom from my parents.)
The second fear is just a lie. God creates everyone with unique gifts and abilities that are valuable to the community. Comparing ourselves with others just causes trouble.
And yet even though I know the truth, I’ve been battling both of those fears a lot lately. Seriously, when I created my birthday event on Facebook, I was super afraid no one would come.
But God has been faithful, and he used my birthday as a beautiful reminder that I’m not alone here. He has given me wonderful friends who truly care about me.
I believe that on our own, it’s next to impossible to live out the lives in Christ that God has called us to live. We need community to encourage us, to keep us accountable, to help us grow and to love us. But we also can’t have true community unless we are willing to be vulnerable and let ourselves be truly known.
So while birthdays are better at Disney World, they are the best when you’re surrounded by friends and family who love you! Thanks to everyone who made my birthday so special!