“I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand. Remember that I am being held by chains” (Colossians 4:18).

We have all experienced the encouragement of an unexpected handwritten note or personal letter that arrived by mail. Remember how encouraging it was? How you were touched by such a thoughtful gesture? We underestimate the lasting impact of such simple gestures. The apostle, Paul, never imagined that his letters to the various churches with whom he had a relationship would soon be deemed sacred canon and become an inspiration to the forthcoming generations of the church. And this he did while imprisoned; bound by chains.

Yes, we are all busy; chained down by a multitude of other things that must be done. Yet, the quickest route to being set free from the grind of the mundane is to step outside of ourselves and to do something for another; something unexpected.

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