I realize today is Sunday, and I never post on Sundays. But this post is a little different than what I usually post. This post is a challenge for all of us—including myself!
With the coronavirus pandemic occurring around the world, there has been a lot of isolation. There is constant social distancing, limited physical touch, and lots of video chatting. I don’t know about you, but I miss actually seeing people face-to-face.
Isolation can lead to discouragement and depression, especially for extroverts (but even for introverts like me). Because video chatting just isn’t the same as seeing someone in person. And virtual hugs aren’t nearly as great as physical hugs.
So what can we do? We can write cards.
Starting on Monday, April 6th, my challenge for you is to write at least one card every day until April 30th. The list of potential recipients of these cards is endless:
- A best friend
- A pastor from your church
- A college roommate
- A sibling in another state
- A widowed aunt
- An elderly member of your church
- A coworker or boss from work
- An old friend who’s still on your contact list
- A teacher or professor
- A missionary overseas
- Even a family member in your own home!
I realize that the idea of making cards might sound girly and lame for my male readers out there. Your card doesn’t have to be covered in glitter and unicorns. It can be as masculine as you want it to be with a simple “Praying for you” message inside the card.
Include a Bible verse, a heartfelt encouraging message, or the simple words “I love you.” This card challenge can be as complicated or simple as you’d like it to be. Our goal for this challenge should be to comfort others by pointing them to Jesus.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:5-7 NASB)
Our words—even in written form—can be a comfort to the afflicted. So leave me a comment to let me know that you’re all-in! I’d love to hear from you. Of course, we should be encouraging one another all the time. But specifically, from April 6th-April 30th, I challenge you to comfort the hurting and point the broken to Jesus.
I’m all in. Are you?