My friend Sue (as opposed to my sister Sue) told me today that she misses the letters I used to write. For about 5 years I sent out a letter - sometimes once a week, sometimes once a quarter - about what I had been going through and what I had learned from what I'd done. I printed them out and mailed them to about 50 of my closest friends. I did this specifically because no one gets mail anymore.
I have started blogging because, even though I like the idea of mailing letters, I can no longer afford to do so. I have plenty of paper, but not enough stamps, envelopes, and printer ink to carry on the tradition. (This is not a bid for donations, so please don't take it that way.)
I recently started writing again in this blog and then I came across THE CHALLENGE. So, while you are free to just read these letters and take them at face value, I would encourage you to read them the same way as you would have in my regular letters. Because they are really the same thing.
They are letters based on the things I have done in my life and the learning and knowledge I have attained through my actions.
I hope that you can glean from my learning! For instance, the last letter (to someone I wish to meet) would have been MUCH different 10 years ago. And as for the poor lady on the side of the road, I would have noticed her, judged her and dismissed her. I never would have thought to write a letter to her, let alone felt any remorse for my inaction. I'm not saying this in a proud way, just as an example of the growth I've experienced.
I am so thankful that God is turning my heart to look outward. And any lesson you can learn from my experience may be helpful in your own life, or it may at least be an encouragement to you. I know that going through something yourself is the best way to learn, but maybe I can provide some idea of how to do that.
At least you will know that I am praying for you and rooting for you as you work your way through the tangles of life!
Love in Christ,