I once received an email from a church staff member that was empty.
There was not a single word in the body of the email. But there was an attachment. Newsletter 25.
Maybe they were in a hurry.
I try, really I do, to extend grace whenever possible.
Despite any assumed or imagined circumstances, that empty email left me feeling empty.
They had missed an opportunity.
A quick “Hey all, hope your week is off to a great start! We’ve got a lot of activities coming up! Please see the attached newsletter for the details,” would have made a huge difference in how I received that email.
Ladies, every communication is an opportunity.
Whether you’re sending out an event reminder, prayer requests, driving directions, or meeting notes, you have a great opportunity!
Every email provides the opportunity to:
Picture the harried mom of three preschoolers pausing to check her email before throwing that next load of laundry into the wash. Encourage her!
Imagine the woman sandwiched between her prodigal college student and ailing mother making a quick email check after her morning prayer time. Love on her! Let her know you are thinking of her.
See the single woman alone in her house, eating a meal alone in front of the TV and absentmindedly scrolling through her email box. Invite her! Let her know you want her to be there. Give her all the details she’ll need to attend.
I’m not asking you to spend an hour drafting some lengthy, warm and fuzzy email. Speak from the heart. Write as if you were talking to them. If God’s laid an encouraging verse on your heart, include it too.
Let your women know that you are thinking of them.
Embrace the opportunity God has given you to love them through their inbox.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8
PS/ It’s a little thing, but label your attachments too – i.e.. WM Newsletter Summer 2015 – so if your women are searching for something in their email box they can find it easily.