A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25
We are in the middle of a series at Table of Grace called, “Living My Best Life.” Together we have been discussing the things that can bring about the life we all really want to have. This series is inspired by a social media hashtag, #livingmybestlife, that can be found on all sorts of posts depicting awesome moments in people’s lives. Being on the beach or landing a dream job is when most people feel they are #livingmybestlife! We know, of course, that times like these can be fleeting, and while they are fun, they just don’t last. If we live our lives for the next vacation, new car, or new experience, or in general – for ourselves, we will almost always find that our everyday life feels quite empty. While it seems counter-intuitive, true life is found when we live for others.
Do you have anyone in your life who seems to refresh you? The kind of person you not only enjoy being around, but leave feeling more encouraged than you did before you saw them? I recently met another dad while volunteering at my daughter’s elementary school. After chatting for a bit, we discovered that we are both pastors, which was a fun connection. A few weeks later, he messaged me on Facebook and now we share sermon series ideas. For the past few weeks, we have started checking in with each other to see how our churches are doing and to sharing ideas or stories. In a recent message, he asked me how our “Stranger Things” sermon series went. I was impressed that he remembered our previous conversation about it and cared enough to follow up with me.
I think we need more generous people like that in the world. The kind of people that are willing to live life open-handed to those around them, who see every conversation with another person as an opportunity to show the love of God. As the proverb observes, not only will the other person be refreshed when you live this way but you will be refreshed as well! As you go about your day, look for opportunities to be generous with your time, treasure or even be a listening ear. I think our world would find that refreshing and so will you.
Rev. Chad McSwain