Give, Gain

I love the ancient wisdom in Proverbs. Today, I read in chapter 11 that “a generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

Yes. Deeply true. Yet I often believe that if only my needs could be met, then I’d be refreshed. I convince myself that I’m too tired to spend myself on others. 
But when I become generous and intentionally refreshing to others–in all kinds of ways–I prosper. 
I’m refreshed. That’s exactly the kind of inverted, unlikely, and counter-intuitive wisdom I need to remember.
I’m on a refreshment mission today. Refresh means to give new strength and energy to. It means to reinvigorate. I’m off to give that to others.
Who needs some refreshment?

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