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As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm learning that having things less than perfect is not the end of the world. Still, I am a "detail person," so if something is even a little bit off, I notice; and there are circumstances where this is not a bad thing!

A few years ago, for example, I wanted to mail out a sympathy card. I was down to my last stamp, and thank goodness I looked at it before sticking in on the envelope!

Perhaps someone less observant wouldn't even notice the stamp on the envelope, but is it worth it taking a chance that someone in need of a sympathy card would first read the message, "That's all Folks!"?

I think not!

So I headed into "town" to purchase some more generic-looking stamps.

I use the term "town" loosely. I often joke I live in Mayberry, but in reality the place where I live in is much smaller. We do have a post office, which I'm very grateful for, but they don't deliver mail and it's not easy to patronize. It has only one parking spot; a handicapped accessible one which really isn't accessible to anyone. It runs parallel to the front of the building, positioned in such a way that makes it next to impossible for anyone to park there or on the little bit of driveway next to it. (Obviously they did not consult me when it came to parking!) To make the inaccessibility complete, they're only open between the hours of 10 and 2. 

This past Christmas we received our first card the day after Thanksgiving! 

Yes, evidently there are some people that on top of things. 

No, I am not one of them. (And I'm okay with that.) Remember, I'm learning to cut myself some slack! (Perhaps you didn't mail out any Christmas cards. It's okay; you should cut yourself some slack too!) 

It was the week prior to the holiday before I managed to get to the post office within the limited time frame, ready to buy Christmas stamps and mail my cards. Much to my chagrin there were no Christmas stamps to be had {sigh} either time I visited. Now, being the lover of order that I am, Batman stamps were not my first choice for Christmas card postage - I was thinking more along the lines of the nativity or even a wreath or something - but in the end Batman is what I opted for. My reasoning (99% of the time there's a reason I do what I do) was twofold; first, I knew if nothing else, my grandsons would like them, and second, Batman will help out Wycliffe Bible Translators. (Wycliffe collects used postage stamps and sells them to fund Bible translation, but there's only a market for the limited issue stamps, not flags and such.)

At one time, Batman stamps on my Christmas cards would have been totally unacceptable, but today I find it humorous. I mean, where else but "Mayberry" would the post office not have Christmas stamps at Christmas? No, I actually consider the Batman stamps a mark of victory! I mean really, what is a Batman stamp on a Christmas card in the scheme of all eternity

Not that I...have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. ~ Philippians 3:12

Hey, this girl is learning to cut herself some slack!


If you'd like to help support Wycliffe Bible Translators, collect your cancelled commemorative stamps and mail them to:

Wycliffe Associates Stamp Ministry
P.O. Box 620143
Orlando, FL 32862

8 Responses so far.

  1. My adult kids would also love the batman stamps. :)


  2. Remember to carefully cut around the stamp leaving a margin. Our women's ministries used to collect stamps and send them to Springfield. They used the funds for missionary projects. Wycliffe is a worthy project too. Your batman should be very popular with those who received your cards. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  3. Unknown says:

    Cute Lisa! I knew there was a blog brewing about the Batman stamps!

  4. haha I love this. I too am trying to cut myself some slack. I didn't send out Christmas cards either this year and while I felt really guilty, it also brought some relief! We gotta remind ourselves we can't do it all. God bless and thanks for visiting Pretty Simple Ideas!

  5. kate says:

    This definitely made me smile. :-) Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Jennifer's #TellHisStory.

  6. Unknown says:

    It's a process, isn't it? Learning what's important and what is not, when to laugh and when not to cry? Because yes, there was a time I, too, would have cried over Batman stamps!

  7. Always good to relax a bit and not be too hard on yourself. Thanks for sharing your story on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Unknown says:

    I found you through Faith Filled Fridays. Thanks for this post! Very enjoyable. And wise! :)

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