What marketing guru came up with the idea, self-stick, personalized address labels can generate a desire to give money to the asking charity? All I know is I’m dealing with sticker shock.
How many address labels does one need and I’m a letter writer?
Most charities never hear from me, not that I don’t care, but choose carefully who to support. Sometimes I feel slightly guilty at keeping the labels with my name or Jud’s, without paying something. ( Probably, what’s behind the “gift.”)
That’s one of the mystifiers about God.
God shows up with something for nothing.
Actually, everything comes without manipulation, squeeze plays or fake freebies on God’s part.
Grace freely given, not cheap.
Discipleship costs, however.
Sometimes I wonder about the truer meaning of sticker shock, the startling costs of : squandered time, abuse of creation, institutionalized hatred and racism, personal and corporate greed, disregard for the poor, lack of kindness, love, respect and forgiveness between people.
One day, “when we all get to heaven”, as the gospel song goes, wonder what we’ll learn about the real cost of the gifts we’ve received from God and others, free for the asking, the taking or giving away.
Reminds me of Poco’s gift yesterday, a homemade Mother’s Day card, with a $1.00 bill inside.
Generous love at seven.
A Bible story reads,
“Jesus went over to the collection box in the Temple and sat and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two pennies.” Jesus said to his disciples, ” they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”(Mark 12: 41-44 NLT)
God knows, I don’t just have a surplus of address labels.
Lord, have mercy.
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