Friday, January 20, 2012

The Easy Delivery

"...encourage each other every day, as long as it's called "today"..." Hebrews 3:13
I have always loved writing letters. I was surprised to see how many I used to receive in middle and high school. When I met a person, I'd ask for their address so I could write them and keep in touch. I remember receiving letters 6 days a week. The digital age made life easier but the letters started to cease. I now get mostly cards for Christmas and my birthday. If I get a letter it's because there is something REALLY wrong. How sad! Letters were not only a way to keep in touch but also a way to encourage people. We human beings are so creative that we came up with other ways to do it. The digital age has not made our need for encouragement diminish but it has made the delivery of encouragement easier.
My friend Rachel and I keep in touch through social media, Skype and the ole telephone. She sent me a card yesterday and it made my day. It was totally unexpected and it was so very encouraging. It made me think of Hebrews 3:13 because "Today" is all we have. The moment we think about a person, it's our sign to deliver encouragement, however we choose to do it. Who knows if our words may be the life line a person needs for that day?
Whether you choose to send an encouraging tweet, a quick message on Facebook or a long e-mail, remember to take action as soon as someone comes to your mind. Do pray but follow up with action, even if it's to say 'I prayed for you, hope you're having a blessed day.'
My challenge for you is to encourage 3 people today: family, friends or strangers (these are a lot of fun to encourage). The good thing about encouragement is that you reap what you sow, usually when you need the most.

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