My kids love to get mail. If we were honest, I think we all like getting mail. Yes, I mean “snail mail!” A card in the mailboxes fun to get. Even more so, if it has a gift card or cash inside! At least that’s what my kids say. Charlie, my youngest, loves when we get anything in the mail. To her, a birthday card is no different than an electric bill. It’s all Greek to her. She asked My wife, Amond, to read one such anonymous card last night. Amond proceeds to read, making up what the card should say:
I hate your stinkin’ guts.
You make me vomit.
You’re the scum between my toes.
It’s one of the most recognized letters in film, from the movie The Little Rascals. Charlie thought it was hysterical, and repeated it word for word, for better or for worse! In the movie though, Alfalfa writes a completely different letter to send, but doesn’t want his friends to know about his true feelings towards Darla. As I was thinking about this highly spiritual topic, a few things came to my mind that I wanted to share.
1. Tell them how you feel.
I don’t mean that in the negative sense, but rather the positive. Maybe it is a guy thing, but I would rather joke around and say that “you make me vomit,” than say something like, “you mean a lot to me,” or, “I couldn’t have done this without you.”
Maybe you don’t like sharing feelings, or perhaps you want all the the appreciation for yourself. Either way, it is wrong. No one is where they are without good people around them. Tell them that you appreciate them and have noticed them. It will mean a lot.
2. Tell them in person.
Don’t let someone else tell them for you. Write them a letter of appreciation instead of a text. But know that even a text is better than nothing. The best thing you could do is call them or see them face to face. Again, maybe that’s uncomfortable, but that’s why it will mean so much.
3. Tell them today.
We aren’t promised forever. No one knows when our last day will be here on earth. I’ve heard too many people say, “I wish I had more time.” Or they have said, “If I would have known this was it, I would have said this or that.” Don’t let that be you.
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
James 4:13-14 NLT
So why not go and start your letter to someone today.