Where did we get off track?
We live in the age of a technological revolution. Everything is at our finger tips. Your phone isn't just a phone, it's a computer, a camera, an mp3 player, and a post office used for emailing and texting.
We have it all in the palm of our hand...
The thing is, it's so impersonal. Even if we are texting or emailing nice things to people, it doesn't come across like it is the person saying it to us as much as it is the phone regurgitating information.
There is a lot that is lost in translation.
This past weekend at the All Youth retreat we had a station on our prayer walk where parents took the time and energy to write our youth letters. The mentors each had a group of youth they wrote letters too, and I wrote each youth a letter. It was a lot of work to write 40 letters and one would question whether or not it was worth all the time and energy.
It was!!! I personally got 14 cards written to me by youth. They were amazing cards too. I get so caught up in all the logistics of retreats, trips, and youth group that I forget how much of an impact we have on our youth. A couple of them brought up things in their letters that I forgot that I had even said or had done, but they hadn't! A couple of them were from new youth that were sharing just how much youth group already means to them!
I would give anything to get a letter from a youth. Letters from our youth mean more to me than anything they could ever give me. They are personal and emotional. They show that the youth took time out of their day to write me. There is nothing more valuable to me than someone that takes time to do something for me!
About a year ago I started a notebook with letters, drawings, cards, all different things that youth have given me over the years. I wish I had started it sooner!
I think we get so caught up in technology that we don't take the time to be personal with each other. That may be calling someone instead of texting them. Writing them a letter instead of emailing them. Spending quality time with someone by putting the phone away.
So here it is, put down the phone or step away from the computer and pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write someone a letter. Tell them you love them, tell them how much you miss them, tell them about your week, it doesn't matter because in the end, a hand written letter is like a surprise on Christmas morning, everyone wants one!