I have a challenge for you. Actually, it’s more of a plea. Today, I’m asking you to do something countercultural and highly impactful. All it will take is a few cents and a few minutes. Who, honestly, can’t spare that? (And if your alarm bells are going off, please know that there is absolutely nothing in this for me.) Here is my simple “ask”:
Take out a notecard or a piece of paper. Write a short note to someone who has positively impacted your life. Candidates include a friend, relative, teacher, mentor, colleague, employer, Sunday School or Bible study teacher, neighbor, barista, or someone you have hired. Tell them about the difference they have made in your life. Affirm one positive quality in their character. And say thank you.
Place the note in an envelope.
Affix a first-class stamp. (If you’re wondering, the current cost is 55 cents.)
Place the note or letter in a mailbox.
What did that cost you? A few cents and a few minutes? What do you think it will do for the recipient? First of all, just to receive a piece of handwritten mail amidst bills, flyers and the ubiquitous catalogs is a cause for great anticipation. But to open an envelope and read heartfelt words of appreciation from someone whose life you have touched? That is a priceless gift. Life contains hard and lonely moments for all of us, especially as the holidays approach. Your sincere and grateful words can make a deep and lasting impact on another soul. A handwritten note (PLEASE, NOT ELECTRONIC) can be read and reread. It says “you matter. Your life has made a difference. You are seen and valued.” ‘Tis the season of gratitude. Not only will you be sharing kindness, you’ll feel better, too.
Please, do this today. Better yet, do it right now!
“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3