A number of years ago, a colleague of mine complained about all of her bills. She had a stack of them, ready to be mailed. She then complained about the price of postage stamps, and having to lick them. She also made a point of telling me that even though the post office offered a variety of stamps, that she just used the plain, ordinary regular ones. She resented paying bills in the first place, and her creditors would be receiving her checks with those stamps. I thought that her ranting about this was a little silly, and gave her my opinion. From my perspective, as long as I was spending the money on a stamp, I might as well purchase a pretty, colorful, commemorative one. I didn't care who (i.e. creditor, friend) would be the recipient of my snail mail, but it would have a pretty stamp.

The stamps that I currently have are the "Love" stamps — the ones with the Hershey's kiss, wrapped in silver foil. Perhaps the individual who receives something from me will be uplifted, amused, or get the urge for a little chocolate! I hope that the stamp will spread a little sunshine into someone's life.

Did you hear that the U.S. Post Office will once again be raising the price of a first class postage stamp? It's now 39 cents, but on May 14th, it will be 41 cents. We'll either have to purchase the higher priced ones, or get some of those 2 cent stamps to place with it. There's another type of stamp that's been issued — they're called "Forever" stamps. Those stamps, with the Liberty Bell, will give customers a chance to lock in the price— no matter how much the rates rise in the future. I wonder how many Americans will take advantage of that deal.

Forever is quite a concept to grasp, isn't it? It makes me think of eternity — that will be a long time for us up there! Thinking along those lines, we belong to God. We have been bought with a "forever" price — with His blood. Let's live in a way that will bring glory to Him … a stamp of approval.

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received by God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV).

We have been bought with a "forever" price!