“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10 (NIV)
On one cold January morning, Mary decided her New Year’s resolution would be to let her family members and friends know how much she loved them. She’d always loved writing, so she chose to write letters to those she cared about.
Each month, Mary would write 2-3 letters, each one to a different person. She would start by praising the receivers for a spiritual gift they had and pointing out ways she’d seen that gift at work in their lives.
In a letter to her son, James, she pointed out how he had a wonderful ability to teach. She shared funny memories of him teaching his stuffed animals when he was a toddler. Then teaching his younger siblings when they were born.
When she wrote to her childhood friend, Mary praised the other woman’s gift of healing. She commented on some of the lives she’d been able to change with her tender care and compassion.
Before beginning the letters, Mary always took a day or two to pray for the person. She asked God to show her how to encourage the recipient and build them up. Then she’d sit down to write and trust that God would direct her words.
Writing a letter can be a wonderful way to express your love and devotion to someone. Share a funny memory, express appreciation for what they do, or praise them for a spiritual gift.
God, help me to build others up. I want to be an encouragement to those around me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.