Rural Postmistress Lenore was shocked. In the small ranching community, residents sometimes left their houses unlocked and keys in their pick-up trucks. Some even forgot their keys in the mail box door. It had been no big deal. Until now.

Confronting a problem akin to cities, Lenore posted this notice on the post office door where everyone enetering could read it:


                                  Caution! IDENTITY THEFT!


     Do not leave your mail lying around in the post office. Take it home with you or drop it in the outgoing mail slot. Someone  has been applying for credit from applications in our lobby trash can.  We  have removed it so that your credit card offers and other mail with your name and address will not result in identity theft. We are doing this for your own protection.

Postmistress Lenore Smith


One saw Lenore’s action as patronizing. A few days later, a patron taped a rebuttal on the door:

Post Office Notice


Victims of ID theft say that the pain is worse, recovery time is longer and benefits less than surgery. Similarly, God’s boundaries keep us safe and on the right side of life. In Jesus own words, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” [John 14:15 NIV]

In Moses’ words: “Keep his [God’s] decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land that your God gives you for all time.” [Deuteronomy 4:40 NIV].

Now that’s a promise worth posting on the door of our hearts!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing  2011. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog on]



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Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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