Grandmas and Stamp Machines

There was a long line at the post office. A man stood in the line, noticing the lady in front of him was there to buy stamps. After 30 minutes he said, “Excuse me, but there is a stamp machine over there that would be a lot quicker than waiting in this long line.”

She replied, “That’s okay. We’re almost to the desk.”

A few minutes later, he said, “But the stamp machine would be so much quicker.” She responded, “Oh, I know, but that old stamp machine would never ask me how my grandchildren are doing!”

Some of you are screaming to grandma, “Learn to adapt! Use the stamp machine!” Adaptability is good for some things. Fifty-one million people watched the final episode of the Survivor series that had 16 men and women “stranded” on an island near Borneo. The survivor/winner became an instant millionaire. When asked how he won, he said, “I learned to adapt.”

But if you want to be happy, stay in line. Be patient. Nothing is better than having someone ask, “How are your grandchildren doing?” There is no substitute for the personal touch. Consider the woman in the Bible who suffered with the issue of blood. She was so desperate to touch God that she was willing to stand in line. She thought to herself, “If I touch his clothes, I will be healed” (Mark 5:28).

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