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.
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I love the practical and spiritual in this post! I was debating whether or not to hit USPS or go to UPS instead today. You answered that question. And you and Aidan have reminded me that the payoff for prayer is always worth the time and effort. Thanks.
Glad it was helpful – even in more than one way. 🙂
Wow! Powerful words from your eldest. I know it made your heart skip a beat — can you imagine the reaction in heaven?!?!?
Aww. Didn’t think of it that way. 🙂