A Strange Way to Refresh Yourself

We’ve been talking about generosity around here lately. The word generous means to give more than what is expected or required.

I repeat: More than what is expected or required. 

I tend to give what’s necessary or expected–not what’s lavish or excessive. But so many times in scripture, we’re counseled to give generously.

This kind of teaching exhausts me on days when I already feel like I have nothing left to give anyone.

Yet, I’m reminded of this gem of a Bible verse that reorients me (and brings joy!) during this last week before Christmas. It’s in Proverbs 12:25:

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will himself be refreshed. 

I think about refreshing others through whatever God has given me to give–whether time, money, talents, or material goods. Then, I find I’m even more refreshed.

Can it be true? How amazing! This upside-down, counter-intuitive principle tells me to give more when I need refreshment.

But I want to rest! I want to hide away! I want to keep my time for me! I want a spa day!

I know the truth today; whoever refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

I’m putting it to the test, and I find it’s true. Praise God that it’s true.

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