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Are There Any Good Chain Letters?

Yep, I hate ’em.

Don’t ever consider sending me one.

Even the ones that seem really nice.

Like the ones with beautiful pictures of nature or cute puppies or kittens.

The fact that:

  1. I’m being taken away from my work to do something I don’t believe in.
  2. I’m being coerced by virtue of my friendship with the sender of the letter.
  3. I’m being threatened—bad things might happen—in a nice way.
  4. And that, if I send to other friends,  it’s a tacit agreement that these chain letter tactics are all right with me.

Don’t send me one. EVER!

There are  different types of chain letters that I do appreciate.

When the Christian faith was just getting started, the Apostles wrote letters that were intended for churches—most of them in Asia Minor. These letters were passed around so that smaller groups of people could read and be educated about Christ’s instructions (doctrine) for the church and for individuals.

Ancient chain letters. Filled with instructions, admonishments, encouragements, and yes, even warnings. But the words in these chain letters were essential. Of utmost value. Not esoteric, but meant for all people to read and digest.

How I appreciate the Sender of these letters! It wasn’t for His own amusement or His sense of importance that He sent them out.

No. Jesus cared—and cares—for each of us with an immense Fatherly love. He leaves us in a dangerous, hostile and deceived world so that He can bring about the working of God’s eternal plan.

Shouldn’t we have Words that help us negotiate this kind of world?

Roman, Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, and the others: Thanks be to God for sending these chain letters.

“After this letter has been read to you, see to it that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.” (Col. 4:16 NIV Bible)

Better Than A GPS

I had a doctor appointment at St. Anthony’s Hospital. I’d never been there before, but I figured how hard can it be to find it since I have GPS?

I called the doctor’s office for directions, and also plotted in the name of the hospital in my car’s GPS.

I left in plenty of time just in case. Right at the start, the GPS tried to get me to go a strange route. So I ignored its directions at first. But after a while, the directions I’d gotten from the doctor’s office didn’t lead me to the hospital. So I decided to trust the GPS even though it seemed to lead me away from Lakewood.

I nervously watched my clock as I drove farther and farther away from Lakewood. I’m new to the Denver area, but even I knew that I was going east and north, and this couldn’t possibly be the right direction.

“In half a mile, turn right,” the GPS voice instructed.

IMG_0202In another quarter of a mile: “You have arrived at your destination.”

WHAT? I’d arrived at a small medical center called ST. Anthony’s.

“NO!” I yelled at my car. “You dumb GPS. This is not where I’m supposed to go!” I reached into my purse for my cell phone so I could call the doctor’s office.

No cell phone.”NOoooooooo!” I’d forgotten to put it back in my purse after re-charging it.

I had just over half an hour to correct my mistake and get to my appointment.

I entered “destination” in my GPS again. That’s when I discovered just how many St. Anthony’s there are in the Denver metro area.

Anyway, I re-plotted my destination and arrived in the nick of time at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Modern technical machines are great to have. But they can only be as helpful as the human operating them. My GPS can’t reason that I’m new to Denver and I don’t know that there are about five St. Anthony’s within about ten miles.

A human, giving directions, would offer such helpful instructions, such as, “And watch for the tall, blue building on the left. You’ll turn a block after you pass it. And be sure to get in the right hand lane right away. if you come to Highway 6, you’ve gone too far.”

Fortunately, the instructions we read in the Bible for everyday living are tailored specifically for our human frailties, and our human understanding. The Lord who inspired our scriptures knows that we are not machines, and that our intellect only goes so far.

When He says:

“He who holds his tongue is wise.”

“The Lord abhors dishonest scales.”

“Do not murder.”

“Do not commit adultery.”

These are clear, unambiguous instructions. They will not lead me astray.

Praise God, He’s much clearer than a GPS!