I received a letter from someone last week. It was a hand written letter. In this age of word processors, computers, and emails, a written letter has become a rarity indeed. And that was one of the things that struck me about the letter.
It was a wonderful letter in regards to its content. Most of the communications that I receive are…actually very nice. (I do receive communications that are not so nice, but I try to handle them with a sincere sense of maturity…which is why I shred them immediately)
But what struck me was that the author…“took the time” to write his thoughts out and share them with me. He committed something that people don’t often give up these days: Time.
And the simplicity and the tone of his letter was a source of encouragement. But it was even more encouraging that he cared enough to communicate in a format that is labor intensive.
I know that it doesn’t seem like a lot, but Romans 12: 6-8 says: We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Without being too spiritual, this person took the time to write out a letter. And the results were that God used him (unknown to him) as a gift of encouragement for me. So…Slow Down! God will use you to be a blessing to others. If you take the time…