I know! Can you believe I'm saying that? I have a Christian blog. I post Bible verses on here every week. I know . . . but there are some parts of my life where I'm more comfortable with the secular. Like greeting cards. I prefer to say,"Happy Birthday" - and that's it.
But, as I've stared at these cards and wondered what to do with them, I've decided something. Living as "I'm more comfortable" is kind of boring.
(And these cards are awfully cute.)
What if I send the Bible verse birthday card to someone who is expecting the usual kid-picking-his-nose or fireman-putting-out-the-overloaded-cake card, and it makes her day? What if the verse was just what she needed to hear?
What if she thinks I'm a totally weird Christian freak who can't even send a birthday card without evangelizing? Well, then . . . maybe I am.
Or, maybe this internal debate of mine is really about prayerfully deciding who should be the recipient of the Bible verse birthday card and trusting that God will make it all work out. Maybe this is another effort to deepen my cup. See, there is a "coincidental" layer to all this - 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Back in May, my family read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 in the preschool devotional book we follow. The title for the day was Build Each Other Up. This appealed to our building/construction obsessed boys. As such, we chose it as a family summer theme, and put it on our chalkboard.
Fast forward to last week, and guess what verse is cited on the insert that came with the cards?
Coincidence? I think not.
I think I need to live the words that I am teaching my children. Yes, "regular" greeting cards can deliver the message, but these cards can encourage - really encourage. And sometimes, people need that.
I still think it is okay to send secular cards. I do, most of the time. But, I have come to appreciate the in-your-face Christian option because after a few cards timidly sent, I realized something: It is me who fears being perceived as too pushy. The card recipient doesn't get hung up on my social anxieties. She doesn't read between the lines or question my motives. She doesn't raise an eyebrow or roll her eyes. She just feels loved.
Would you like to go out on a limb and really encourage someone?
Here is your chance! DaySpring has provided me with a $20 coupon code to give away! This one-time use code is good for any product on their site, and expires on August 31, 2011. Shipping charges will still apply.
If you would like to win the $20 coupon code,
(1) Leave a comment telling me where you are on the comfort zone spectrum:
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This giveaway will stay open until 8pm (EST) on Thursday, June 23rd. Winner will be announced on Friday morning.
Click here to read about more Inspired Deals and ways to encourage one another this month. Lots of giveaways going on! The lead post is by Bonnie of Faith Barista - and you know I like her. Also, a brand new giveaway described by The Nester if you click below . . . whew!
Disclosure: I am a DaySpring Affiliate and DaySpring gave me these cards to review. My opinions are (can you tell?) honest and solely my own.
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