In 2011, I wanted to have a different kind of birthday. I didn't want to spend the day thinking about myself, so I drafted this email and posted something similar on Facebook:
Dear Friends and Family--Today is my birthday, and I want to spend it in a different way than I have in years past. Because I have the entire day free, I'd like to spend this time praying for you.
You all mean so much to me, and I want to celebrate what you mean to me by carrying your burden for a while or rejoicing with you about something good that God is doing in your life.
My prayers aren't anything special. This is just a way that I can give back to you for all that you've given me, and it helps me focus less on myself and more on the power and might and love and care of our Lord Jesus.
Today, I'm bringing it back! I'd be honored if you'd share something with me. Please post your concerns in the comments, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or private message me on Facebook.