Tuesday, April 6, 2010
You've Got Mail!
Good Evening Folks!
I had to laugh a little to myself, as they've been showing the movie "You've Got Mail" on satellite. It was a "cute" movie in it's time, but I saw it once and that was enough for me as I am not a romantic comedy type of person. Anyway I had been looking through my Inspirational book, and nothing seem to catch my eye, so I changed to my Devotional, just opened it in the midst and this title popped out at me, so we're going with it.
Today's Seed: "Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking." 2 Peter 3:1
Everyone loves to get mail. Letters from friends. Postcards from faraway places, saying, "Wish you were here." Invitations to weddings and parties. Announcements of engagements and graduations. Thank-you notes. Birthday cards. We love to get correspondence that says someone is thinking about us.
These days, handwritten correspondence is a lost art. While a dedicated few still take pen in hand and put their thoughts on paper, many of us rely on e-mail to get the message out. In an instant we can tell friends and family whats happening in our lives
The apostle Peter wrote his letters to inform his recipients on a variety of doctrines and to remind them about christian life and duties. In this second letter Peter warned about false teachers and encouraged watchfulness for the Lord's return. Peter emphasized that he felt the need to remind them to think good thoughts.
This was near the end of Peter's life, and he was compelled to write about the dangers he saw. False teachers, he said, worked from the inside to corrupt Christ's church. He encouraged Christians to remain committed to Christ and to live a holy life. Because Peter took time to write, we benefit from his letters.
Dig Deeper: The Greek word for "reminder" is hupomnesis, which means a remembrance. Sending a letter or e-mail to a friend reminds them that we remember them and think of them.
Weed & Water: Whether we take paper and pen in hand or use e-mail, it the message not the method that counts. Share your thoughts, feelings, and compliments with friends, and family; don't just pass along nonsense. When you know someone is hurting--either physically or emotionally--write a few kind words. Let them know they are in your thoughts and prayers. Tell them how much you appreciate them and how they have blessed you. Don't forget to write to your immediate family too.
Sprout & Scatter: Purchase or make attractive note cards--ones that say something about you and your likes and dislikes. Add a favorite, meaningful verse. Then address the envelope by hand, using a calligraphy pen. Put a pretty stamp on it, place a special sticker (flowers, animals, ladybugs, cats, dogs, or whatever appeals to you or the recipient) on the back envelope flap after it's sealed, and mail it. You'll make someone's day extra special. Write a letter to your child, telling them about the day they were born. Doing this blesses both the writer and the recipient.
Think about it: Name some reasons Peter wrote his letters.
How can you make your e-mails, letters, and cards more meaningful?
Prayer Pot: Dear Lord, help me share my faith using the written word by ...(Insert your own idea).
Take-Away Idea: Send a letter today, sharing your faith.
Send a dose of "encouragement" tomorrow (today) Good Night to All and May God Bless!