A few weeks ago, Dad handed me a stack of mail that included my credit card bill, a letter informing me that I qualified for a car loan (Yay!), a piece of junk mail addressed to my former husband (Did they not get the notice that he moved?), and a fat envelope with my name written in whimsical bubble letters.
As soon as I saw that last piece of mail, I knew I’d received something fun from my friend Lisa. I carefully opened the envelope, not wanting to tear the cute sticker on the back of it. Seeing the envelope completely turned my day around. I wasn’t necessarily having a bad day, just a blah, uninspired, filling-with-self-doubt and a touch of drama, maybe I should quit writing and go help the guy who collects carts at the Dublin Target, day. Lisa’s card included an encouraging note that reminded me, “You are valuable and loved.” I no longer wanted to collect carts at Target, or listen to the pitiful monologue in my head. What I wanted to do was hug Lisa, but she lives in New York.
She made the coloring sheet! (She wrote a series of coloring book devotionals that I highly recommend.) I couldn’t wait to color it! When I finally found time to a week later, I felt the love of receiving her package all over again, and thought of a few people that I wanted to send cards to. The envelope and its contents are tucked into my journal to treasure forever.
I love having creative friends who are also encouragers!
Sometimes we just need to receive mail—something besides a bill, or a letter that screams “We really don’t know you at all, but we’d still be happy to scam you,” or a reminder of who moved six years ago.
We need reminders that someone beside a creditor is thinking about us.
We need reminders that we have people in our lives who would never dream of scamming us into a car loan when we don’t even have a driver’s license.
Reminders that, though some have chosen to move out of our lives, others really like having us around.
Reminders that we are worth the time it takes to write a note, and maybe even add something fun to go with it.
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It had a friend’s name and address in the top left-hand corner.
The address was handwritten, and not by a machine!
The envelope did not include Time Sensitive Material. Open Immediately.
Maybe it was even fatter than a card, meaning that there was something tucked into the card.
It wasn’t even your Birthday!
You didn’t mention anything about feeling discouraged, but it arrived on a day when you were headed in that direction.
This kind of mail often feels like a gift from God as well as a gift from a friend, because He is the One who arranges for it to arrive exactly when we need it, sometimes even as a colorful light in a stack of stuff we don’t even need to bother reading.
When has God sent a surprise when you needed it? When was the last time you made it possible for a friend to find something in her mailbox besides bills and ads?
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)