The Approval Process: Pen Pal
See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!
2 Thessalonians 3:16-18 [ http://iz3.me/6DVV1z3Fe1A1 ]
God spoke through the sermons of the prophets, the poetry of the psalmist, the history of the kings, and the biography of the Savior. But when He wanted to encourage Christians to live godly lives, He chose the simple medium of personal correspondence. Hence we have the New Testament letters.
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Maybe we can take a page from God’s Book. Parade Magazine carried the story of a Vermont nursing student cramming for a rigorous exam. Returning to her table in the coffee shop, she found a note tucked inside her textbook. “I’m assuming if you’re thumbing through [ this textbook ] you’re probably nearing the end of nursing school,” said the note. “You should be so proud of yourself. You’ve worked so hard to get here, and … it’s so worth it. I’ve been a nurse for twelve years and can’t imagine doing anything else.” The note, which is now widely circulated online, contained a pep talk — and a ten-dollar gift card for coffee.
People crave encouragement, and sometimes the greatest encouragement is the writing of words that endure. Perhaps you can pen a note of affirmation and approval to someone today.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
By David Jeremiah.