Before You Send

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. – Jude 3 

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How many emails do you get every day? There was a time (not so much anymore) when a person might boast about how full their inbox was after a day off. Of course, that was before “smart” phones allowed us to keep up, even while “vacationing.” 

While some may receive 50 emails each day, I know others who receive up to 300 or more! Thankfully, many messages go immediately to a junk file and are deleted. Others are just “forwards” or advertisements that we go ahead and delete (for fear of viruses). Still others are from subscription lists. We may even receive a few from people who are honestly trying to communicate! Imagine that! 

Jude, unlike many “e-mailers” today, needed to consider what he wanted to say before he said it.  In today’s cyber-culture, where it is so easy to “react” through email (or direct messaging), it is good policy to pause before you “send!” Technology (and all it makes possible) is a wonderful tool, but we shouldn’t use it as a substitute for real communication. Encouragement, like a rebuke, is best delivered face to face (even if face-to-face is video). 

This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them. – William Faulkner 

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