I can’t imagine what it must have been like to only be able to communicate through the mail before phones or the Internet. Our generation is so accustomed to instant, immediate communication that we’d die waiting for answers. I wonder if that makes how we relate to each nowadays different.
I’ve recently enjoyed writing letters to both my adult leaders and my LifeGroup kiddos. I sit down on Mondays and write notes of thankfulness and gratitude for children and also for leaders. I like to jot down a couple of qualities that make me grateful that Jesus made that person. My goal is to just encourage and bless with each card and note I send. I want to remind people that they are loved by God and me.
With our lives now inundated by emails and text messages, our standard mailbox mail is usually just flyers, junk mail, and the occasional bill (c’mon – you’ve automated most by now). For adult leaders, it’s nice to get something encouraging in the mail. For kids, it’s life-changing. Kids NEVER get mail. They’re not old enough for junk mail, which is probably a blessings. If you’re a kid, unless it’s your birthday, you’re just not getting mail these days. A letter is concrete and tangible words that express love. And it’s pretty dang exciting!!!
I’ve gotten rave response from kids about receiving cards over the last 6 months. On Sundays, I get hugs and thank yous from them. I’ve had moms text me pictures of the kids opening the cards and I’ve heard some insist on having them on display. It’s a blessing and affirmation in a (not so new, but totally new to them) form. Another byproduct, is that relationship and behaviors have changed between me and children. We’re closer, they trust me, and they come with expectation to church. Mail is messaging (pun intended) to them that God loves them and that God’s family is for them.
Try it. It’ll change your ministry.
Here’s 5 more fun thoughts on rediscovering card writing.