As I mentioned last week, I’m in a Sustaining season when it comes to Bible study. That means that my life is basically hectic, and I don’t have the time to dig as deep as I would like into God’s Word. So, right now, I’m giving myself grace and space, leaning on Bible app devotionals and a verse or two each day, and spending time at night journaling to God and starting each morning with baby worship music (Father Abraham, anyone?).
This past week in my devotional time, I came across this verse:
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25
I love a good Proverb. And this particular one defined generosity differently than I usually think of it. Biblical generosity, to me, has always really meant our resources – time, food, and especially finances. But when I think of someone being refreshing, I think of the kind of person who walks into a room and immediately lightens the atmosphere. I think of someone who is encouraging and supportive. Someone who brightens another’s day.
Am I being generous with my spirit? Do I give people the benefit of the doubt? Am I genuinely joyful and encouraging to those around me? Do I show gratitude to others for what they do?
I am not talking about faking a smile or being disingenuous. We all have bad days. We all get cranky. But in those moments, I can remember those who have been refreshing to me. Those that made me smile or laugh, or put my mind at ease. This verse has convicted me to strive to be more refreshing to everyone I meet – customer service agents, friends, neighbors, and family. And the only way I can do this is to dwell in the Lord, the ultimate refresher, and sustainer of my soul.
What is sustaining you lately?