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46 Cents

46 Cents

stampGrowing up, there was one sound that would make me and my siblings jump up from the couch and race to the front door – the sound of the mail truck. As soon as we heard it, we would wait with anticipation for the mailman to drive down the street, then make their way back up on our side. By the time he reached our house, one of us would be standing at the box in our pajamas ready to get the mail, hoping and praying that we got something that day. Most of the time we didn’t. But when we did, it made our day.

If you’re like me, you still get excited to get a handwritten note in the mail. As we sort through all the junk that arrives everyday, we all hope that there’s something real waiting for us to open. Just yesterday, my wife’s grandmother sent me a note with a Starbucks gift card inside. I was excited about the gift card – but I was more excited that she thought of me.

For the past few years, I’ve done my best to write a few cards every Monday morning. Before my week gets going, I pause and reflect on the previous week and ask … Who do I need to send a note of thanks? Who had a rough week and could use a pick-me-up? Who is someone I love that I haven’t seen in a while? Whoever God brings to mind, I simply pull out a piece of paper, write a few sentences or paragraphs, then drop it in the mail.


When we handwrite notes in our fast-paced digital world, our recipients know that we intentionally took time for them. Sure, we can send emails and texts all day for really cheap. But as the world becomes more unlimited in our data plans, emails and texts are becoming just that … really cheap.

To mail a handwritten note to someone in your life will cost you some time and 46 cents. That’s what it cost me last week to mail a note to a dear friend. After receiving my letter, he reached out to me and said, Thanks for the letter bro. It was a breath of fresh encouragement to me.

A little time and 46 cents goes a long way. Who is one person in your life that needs a fresh breath of encouragement this week? Send them a note and trust that God will use it in their life in a significant way.

Josh Rhodes
NextGen Pastor at LCBC Church
Josh is the Next Steps Director at LCBC Church, York Campus. Prior to LCBC, he served at Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown, WV. Josh received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministries from Lancaster Bible College, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Biblical Seminary. He and his wife Hillary live in Lancaster with their three children - Sephora, Levi, and Pierce.