I'm a file freak....I love keeping a record of things on my computer....especially emails. This of course drives our IT guys a little crazy because of space. Often my penchant for saving e-correspondence has come in handy...say when I need to recall a conversation...find a document someone has sent or an illustration I received from the Pastor's Tool Kit or Preaching Today.
I ran across a suggestion from Ron that just makes sense and gave it a try...he writes:
Go through your back emails that are at least 3 months old, and look for people you may not have communicated with since then. Keep going back until you find some. Now follow up on three old emails. What you say does not have to be relevant to the old email. Just a "Hey, we haven't talked lately, how are you?" kind of thing. Let the person know what is new with work or life, if appropriate.
So today I re-emailed
- A young wife who discussed marriage and family concerns with me.
- A son who is praying that his dad will come to know Christ.
- A seminary student who is adjusting to first year studies in a new town.
It felt good just letting them know I was thinking about them....