I love pens. (Jon loves pencils.) We both love writing by hand.
The very best ballpoint pens I have ever found are made by a German company called Schneider.
What do quality pens have to do with following Jesus? Good question…
Stride is the company that distributes Schneider pens in the USA. Stride employs people with intellectual and physical challenges – allowing these individuals to learn and grow in a working environment that is full of love and acceptance.
In Acts 20: 35, Paul said, “And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Interestingly, at Stride, those who are in need are working hard!)
Stride distributes pens and doesn’t sell them directly to consumers. But you can buy them at Office Depot or Office Max. Until May 9th, Schneider pens are on sale for 30% off. And here’s where the story gets interesting – Office Depot/Max is having this sale to test the market. If Schneider pens don’t sell well, they will stop selling them after the sale. So if you go out and buy some of these amazing pens, you will help Stride’s team.
If you prefer gel pens or porous-tip pens (what used to be called “felt-tip”), Schneider has those also. And they’re excellent.
Ask the Office Depot/Max sales staff to help you find them – the Schneider pens may be tucked away in a back corner.
And then go back home to write a real letter, by hand, to someone who could use a little extra love and acceptance.
Paul Merrill writes here every first Friday.
And this is Jon, stepping in on Paul’s post with a couple notes.
1. I went out an bought a Schneider pen because Paul said to. He’s right. They are great.
2. If you’ve thought about developing an online course, Online Course Maker is a good program. It was built out by Chris Brogan. I’ve worked through an early version of the course, and it’s much bigger since then. It’s only open until Tuesday, May 5. If you signup through my affiliate link, half of the price you pay will be sent to Nepal earthquake relief through Born2Fly and New Life Nepal.