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Before we kick off, I wanted to let you know that a brand new round of #fmfpartysnailmail is about to begin!
If you’ve never tried it before, you definitely WANT to get in on this action!
The gist: You sign up, receive a list of six FMF names and addresses, commit to sending one snail mail card per week for six weeks, and in return, you’ll receive one card per week in your own mailbox! So great, right?
This round begins on June 20th and lasts through July 25th.The deadline to register is June 17th.
This week’s FMF prompt is:
I was in our local DVD rental store the other night, because yes, I’m old school and I’ve never had Netflix or cable. Try to set that detail aside, and stand with me for a moment in the ancient aisles of my DVD rental store, Family Video.
So I’m perusing movie titles, and a married couple in the aisle next to me has a conundrum. The wife points to a movie and says, “Oh, I really wanted to watch that one, but it’s only available on Blu-Ray.”
The husband has a quick solution, as many husbands do: “Well, we could always just run over to Best Buy and use my points to buy a new Blu-Ray player.”
If this interaction had been documented on Twitter, it would’ve merited the hashtag, #firstworldproblems.
I found myself instinctively looking at my watch. 8:40pm. Were they seriously going to rent the Blu-Ray movie of their choice, drive to Best Buy, and purchase a brand new Blu-Ray player, just so they could watch the movie they wanted to watch?
Now, there’s nothing wrong with shopping at Best Buy or having Best Buy points to spend — I fall into this category, on both counts.
But after hearing this couple’s interaction, I did wonder:
Does our culture’s knee-jerk reaction toward immediate gratification cause us to miss the important lesson of learning patience?
Does our ability to satisfy our wants in the moment take away the blessing of learning how to wait well?
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” ~ Romans 8:25
Join us with your own five minute free write on the prompt, WANT — and be sure to leave an encouraging comment on the blog linked up before yours!
Also, don’t forget to sign up for the next round of #fmfpartysnailmail before June 17th!
We love fostering community in this place! Have a great weekend, friends!