He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3a

Monday, October 24, 2016

Silver Boxes

          
           A friend of mine shared her book with me about “silver boxes.”  The “boxes” were sent by an anonymous giver to a teen who was struggling in some way.  These “boxes” didn’t need to be literally boxes, they could be letters, cards, notes, etc.  The idea was to lend encouragement in an unusual way.  While teens certainly need encouragement in their lives, it’s also true adults do too.  Very often adults are faced with a crisis daily that can bend them to the point of breaking.

            Biblical Job would have been an adult sent to the breaking point.  I’m not at all sure I would have had the incredible faith he had when faced with all the tragedy and hardships placed upon him.  Yet what an example he sets.  In the midst of his trials he continued to believe, adamantly, that one day he would see Jesus face to face. 

            Scripture describes our “silver box” if we accept it in Job 19:25-27 as it communicates Job’s belief when he proclaimed his “Redeemer lives!”  What a word of hope, faith and endurance in a time when most of us would have faltered.  I want to be like Job! 

            This idea of “silver boxes” opens a door to opportunity to share encouragement. I read not long ago about a man who went into a fast food restaurant, asked for the manager and then handed him ten $100 bills.  They were given to pay for orders of those who came through the “drive thru” until the money was gone.  After he gave the money, he left without giving any personal information; not even his name!  What a gift!

            While most would find this act of selflessness incredible and certainly encouraging, others are encouraged through an act of service.   The elderly are especially grateful for someone who would rake their leaves, return an empty garbage can near the garage after trash pick-up, walking their dog or any number of things, especially if the weather is cold or rainy.

            A couple with small children would appreciate an offer to watch their children so they could have a night out; while a family going through tough times or even one just extremely busy, would appreciate an occasional homemade meal delivered--- or even a pizza delivered!

            Other possibilities include sending a care package (to a soldier or other deserving person), delivering some hand-picked flowers, giving a toy to a needy child, serving at a shelter, giving a hug, saying something nice to someone, and so much more.  All it takes is a little creativity, to offer someone a “silver box!” 

            Along with offering someone else a “silver box,” you will be making yourself feel better, as well!  Data shows doing something good for someone is good for your health, too! It’s also a great way to strengthen your faith! 

I desire to have such a strong faith, that no matter what Satan throws my way, I can throw it back at him and say “I know my Redeemer Lives!”  Then follow up by offering someone else a “silver box” such as Job, through God’s Word, has offered me.  So I challenge you to send someone a “silver box” and brighten your day while you brighten someone else’s!