Words from the Heart for Saturday September 30th, 2017
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
Refreshed to Refresh
The Scriptures tell us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” We may think that the Lord’s arithmetic is wrong. If we give something away we will have less. However, Proverbs 11:25 clearly tells us that we do not lose when we have a generous heart for others. When we wish someone would refresh us, the best way is to find someone else to refresh and encourage. Watch for the opportunity to do this throughout your day today.
In the early days of Coca Cola, before it was a global icon, promotion was up to the local bottler, particularly in Canada. Back in 1932 a Quebec Coca Cola bottler sponsored a dog team in the Eastern International Dog Sled Derby. The sled was decked out in Coca Cola advertising – not common in those days, and the driver, Ovid Carrier, throughout the race made sure to refresh himself with Coca Cola, which until then had been considered a drink for hot summer days only.
How we treat others has a direct correlation to how we are treated: how we act will have a direct impact on how others act towards us. King Solomon took note of this human principle and wrote in Proverbs 11:25: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” This is a precept of the kingdom of God and as usual is diametrically opposed to what the world promotes. The world teaches that if you want to get ahead, look out for number one. If you want to get rich, you need to selfishly look after yourself and build your own portfolio. While the Bible often gives good financial advice, it also sets out principles for prosperity that are at odds with the world. Solomon teaches us here that those who are generous, those who invest their wealth in others, who bless others with that with which God has blessed them, will prosper. The principle here is that as we put others ahead of ourselves, we too will be blessed. Who is God calling you to bless today with your time and resources? You will prosper as you share.
These have been words from the heart.