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Magic In the Mailbox

"Abracadabra" and "Hocus Pocus". Like most young kids I was always amazed by magic tricks. A fellow who can make a quarter "disappear" can hold children's attention for hours. Many adults, too, are mystified. That's how you explain the popularity of the Houdini's and the David Copperfield's. The magic is just as much tricks, only the equipment is much more expensive. Millions of people watched a few years back as David Copperfield made the Empire State Building "disappear".

Magic? Why is it so popular? Well, it distracts our attention away from reality for a moment and makes us believe the impossible can happen. Perhaps. I have a book in my office that talks about magic. In fact, let me share a magic trick with you.

First, let me tell you the materials you will need to perform this amazing feat. You'll need a pencil or pen, four pieces of unused paper, three envelopes (any size will do) and five to ten minutes of time.

Now, on the first sheet of paper write the names of three people who are important or have been important in your life. Mom, Dad, spouse, dear friends, boss, teacher, elder, etc. — list anyone important in your life. Now, on each of the three pieces of paper, tell the person how important they have been to you in your life. Let your emotions flow in words. Close with the words "I love you". Now, take the pieces of paper and put each in an envelope to the person whose name appears on the sheet of paper, put a stamp on it, and drop it in the mail. Wait three to five days. The results will be astonishing. You will probably get all kinds of joy and amazement from those whom you've written. Along with all the bills and other "junk" mail, someone you love will have their day changed and energized. It may even change their life.

I told you I had a book of magic tricks, but this one is not in that book, but it is in THE BOOK. The Book, the Bible, teaches us over and over again to be thankful for those whom we love and for what we have. It teaches clearly to give encouragement to all around us.

"Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:7-8).

Put a little magic in your mail today. You'll not regret it!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward