Today is my brother’s birthday. He is 1 year, 6 months and 25 days older than me. I have his cell phone number. I will call him today to say, “Happy Birthday Neal.”
On my smart phone I put in date reminders to remind me his birthday was two weeks, then one week away. The dinging noise on my phone was supposed to remind me to get his card in the mail in time for his birthday. The card is sitting beside me on my desk. I haven’t mailed it yet.
I should have mailed his birthday card a week ago.
When my father was lying in his hospital bed dying from cancer, I asked him, “What is the most important advice you want to give me?” He said, “Remember to mail your birthday cards out on time.”
Remember to mail your birthday cards out on time.
I was a little surprised that the best advice my father could give me was when to mail my birthday card’s. Today I understand.
Why you should mail your birthday cards out on time.
1. Sending birthday cards out on time shows that you care.
You care enough to go to the Post Office and send the card so it arrives on time for the actual birthday. You show the person that you are thinking of them and that they matter to you.
2. A birthday card is like a glass of water to a weary soul.
I always thought this proverb meant mailing a letter to a friend. I know the good news in the bible was delivered in person. But if they had birthday cards back then, the bible verse would have applied.
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
3. Because my dad said you should.
I also realize I am still a rebellious child. I don’t like to be told what to do. If my father had told me to mail my birthday cards late, I would have rebelled and mailed them out on time. My father knew what he was talking about. Listen to him and mail your birthday cards on time.
I will drive to the Post Office today and mail a birthday card to Canada.
I will finally listen to my father.
Is there a birthday card you need to get in the mail today?