Today is my wife Joni's birthday. We always try to do something nice for her big day.
But this busy week, and the fact we have church tonight, means she'll likely have to settle for a birthday lunch out somewhere instead of our more traditional birthday dinner.
There haven't been too many times in our 20-plus years of marriage when we've had a prior commitment conflict with her birthday dinner.
One of the few times that did happen was when we lived in Budapest, Hungary. I was leading a weekly small group of three or four new Christians and our meeting night happened to fall on Joni's birthday.
Given that it was Joni's 30th birthday, the group and I made special arrangements to turn what was supposed to be a lesson in our flat into a surprise birthday party.
She fell for it hook, line and sinker.
She was kind of disappointed we couldn't celebrate her 30th birthday that night because of the lesson...and I just played along until we pulled the big surprise that night.
With tonight's church program including considerably more than three or four people, more like 30 people, we'll have to follow through with our regular activity.
But that doesn't mean we can't share the celebration, and some cake and frosting, with everyone afterwards.
In fact, it will be kind of cool because Joni will be able to share her big day with so many people in our church family.
And having a church family is certainly something to celebrate.