Daily Devotional for August 11, 2021

Yesterday, Shannon walked into the breakfast room and said, “Will you please go to the post office and mail this package for me?”

Just for the record, while I can’t remember exactly where it is in the Bible, I am sure I read hell is a visit to the post office that never ends.

As I started to explain to Shannon, neither I or anyone else on the planet liked going to the post office, and even God didn’t like going to the post office, my life flashed before my eyes.

Remembering it was always in my best interest to do whatever Shannon asked (made, told, forced) me to do, I said I would, but I wasn’t happy about it.

When I got to the post office, I noticed it was insanely crowded.  The three loud, laughing, and rambunctious people in front of me were filling out paperwork for passports.  Printing their names, birth dates, and other pertinent information seemed to be a monumental task.  That was the moment I knew I was in a really bad mood.

Finally, when it was my turn, I walked up to the counter.  The postal worker joyfully said, “How are you doing today?”  I said, “Fine.  How are you?”  His eyes shined brightly as he replied, “I am blessed.”  At that moment, everything changed.

The dark cloud of irritation that circled my head evaporated.  The long line I had waited in was no longer a point of irritation.  Even the rambunctious, loud threesome that had been in front of me was no longer a concern.

A man, standing in one of the worst places on earth, completely changed my outlook on life with three small words with a big meaning.  His blessing became mine.

At the end of the transaction, the very nice postal worker gave me my change, and told me to have a blessed day before I could tell him.  I walked out of the post office as a much better man than when I walked in.  I gave God thanks for my trip to the post office.

Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16)

Choose to let your light shine.  Choose to live this day knowing you are blessed.  Choose to be a blessing to others.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me see my many blessings.  Help me be a blessing to others.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.”

If a man working in the post office can bless my day, that means all things are possible.

Bless someone today.  You will be glad you did.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins