Today I set out to mail two packages containing Christmas presents to family members across the U.S. At the post office, I was quoted an absurdly large fee for each one – a base cost plus a surcharge, which was determined by the dimensions of each box. I was flabbergasted. The base costs were expected – but the surcharges? Highway robbery.
I felt the heat rise to my face – a combination of shock and embarrassment, knowing that I just couldn’t in good conscience pay that sum – at least, not without a fight. The clerk was obviously miffed when I politely told her I would take my packages back. But I did. And I turned on my heel and walked right past the long line of waiting customers, threw the boxes in the car, and drove 1/4 mile to the UPS store, where I mailed them for a whopping $33 less.
Later, I told my 11-year old son about this incident. I also happened to mention that I hadn’t written a blog post in several days. He told me to write about how I made an extra effort today – and that it was a good thing. I told him my blog is mostly about faith, so I didn’t see a connection. He said:
“Going to UPS was worth the effort, just like spending time with Christ is.”
I was so surprised, that I giggled and started to object – then realized he was absolutely right.
He smiled and said, “And you can give me credit for the idea.”
I told him I would.
Then, just to make sure I had heard him correctly, and to confirm that he really understood the meaning of what he’d said, I asked:
“When YOU make the effort to spend time with God, do you think it’s worth it?”
Without missing a beat or looking up from the Minecraft world he was building on his iPad, he said:
Finding a few minutes to pray, read Scripture, and reflect on my blessings takes work and commitment, but even a kid knows that time spent focusing on God is always worth the effort.