There are two questions I can be sure my husband will ask me every day: #1 Has anyone checked the mail yet?
#2 Is there any chocolate in the house?
I generally have a confused feeling when he asks me these questions, because neither thought is naturally on my radar.
#1 Sorting through mail feels like a chore to me, so I tend to put off checking the mail.
#2 Chocolate is not very high on my list of favorites. Carbs are my weakness.
Today I want to focus on question #1.
Why does Christopher have such an interest in the mail.....
I decided to ask him about it. His reasons were:
- maybe we will get an unexpected card
- maybe we will get an unexpected gift
- maybe a package that we forgot we ordered will arrive
All of his reasons had to do with the hope of getting a fun surprise!
This reminded me of one of the ways that Christopher and I are opposites.
I like to plan and check things off my list. I tend to live in task mode. I really don't care for surprises, even good ones.
Christopher likes a plan too, but a good surprise puts a big smile on his face!
Overall I think that his tendency to expect something good to come to us is a much more joyful way to live than my tendency to view all mail as work.
Can you picture how excited he would be if someone sent him a surprise gift of chocolate:
IN THE MAIL!
Maybe there is someone in your life that you could send an old school surprise to this week. Even a scrap of paper with a few encouraging words written on it would make sorting the mail a little more fun.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.