The new year is the perfect time to set new goals. We often call them resolutions, but I just see them as hope for what is to come.
Maybe you already have big hopes and goals for the year, or maybe you haven’t thought much about it. Regardless of where you are, I want to challenge you to make one meaningful goal for yourself that could impact the child you sponsor in a huge way.
My challenge to you is to write the child you sponsor through Compassion consistently this year.
Letters remind children that they are cared for, loved and remembered. Your words provide seeds of hope for the potential in that child. What could be a more meaningful goal than providing hope for a child in poverty?
You might be someone who already writes regularly, and that’s great! Or you might be someone who does not, and that’s OK too. Wherever you are in your letter-writing journey, here are some new ideas on how to write letters more consistently to the child you sponsor!
1. Write on the same day every few months.
Pick your favorite day of the month and commit to writing your letter on that day! Grab your calendar and jot down a reminder to write on that day every few months. Or if you prefer to use your cellphone, set a reoccurring notification for the year. Try to set a goal for writing that doesn’t feel overwhelming. Start with a realistic goal of writing one time every three months. That seems doable doesn’t it? Give yourself grace if you end up missing a month or two; it’s the commitment to writing multiple times throughout the year that will provide hope to the child you sponsor.
2. Choose 6-8 writing topics in advance.
In the next couple of weeks, take a few minutes to sit down and brainstorm topics or themes for letters to the child you sponsor. Maybe one topic is your family. Maybe it’s your church, your children or your community. Now start writing them down. Try to come up with as many letter topics as you can, hang your list somewhere you’ll see it, and commit to writing letters about each topic!
3. Prepare your envelopes early.
Nothing ensures consistency like good preparation. Here’s a crazy idea: Pre-address and stamp six to eight envelopes to Compassion International. Make sure to keep them in a place where you’ll see them. Each month you can pull out a ready-to-go envelope for your letter. Plus, you will have already used a stamp that you paid for, so it would be a waste not to write the letter!
4. Display letters you’ve received from your child.
If you don’t already, start collecting the letters that the child you sponsor sends to you. Hang them up somewhere you will see them — your refrigerator, office, bathroom mirror or dorm room wall. Each time you see his or her letters, you will be reminded of the life-changing value of letter writing for both that special kiddo and for YOU. This strategy will make writing a letter hard to resist!
5. Write a handful of prayers for them.
Prayer is one of the most powerful gifts you can give to the boy or girl you’re sponsoring. In each letter you write, include a prayer you’ve written out or prayed for that child. Reading that someone is praying for him or her will remind that wonderful child that he or she is remembered, loved and cared for.