These hot summer days make us thirsty. But a hot day is not the only time we find ourselves thirty. Maybe it was just after a run or a workout. Maybe you just went a while without drinking anything and you suddenly find yourself parched. Regardless of why it was needed, we have all been thirsty. When you are extremely thirsty, a drink is extremely refreshing. It’s almost life-giving in a way. It recharges you and can even snap you out of an exhausted mindset. A drink of water to an extremely thirsty person is a BIG deal.
Proverbs 11:25 ‘Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.’
In this bible verse, King Solomon is talking about being refreshed. Like getting that cold drink of water when you need it most. But, the very interesting thing he says here is that getting refreshed personally is tied to you yourself refreshing others.
Let’s read that again. ‘Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.’
It appears that when we are selfless for another…when we give and when we share and when we listen and when we serve and when we help and when we do for another…the very act of doing those things opens up our lives to being refreshed ourselves. That is completely counter intuitive, isn’t it? Our natural reaction to needing refreshed in life is to get away and be alone. To do less. To stop activities. To take a little time for ourselves. Now, let me be clear, I think we need to do all those things. We need time away and time alone. But it is spelled out here, very clearly, that our own ‘refreshment’ is also tied to refreshing others.
I wonder if we, too often, are in search of ways to refresh ourselves and the whole time we could have been looking for opportunities to refresh someone else? To serve another. To lighten the load of a neighbor. To help alleviate the hardship of someone less fortunate. To walk through the valley of the shadow of death with someone barely hanging on.
Solomon teaches us that it is in those moments that we are the ones who receive blessing. We are the ones being refreshment.
Today, find refreshment in the act of refreshing someone else.