April 19, 2011

Regular Replenishment

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- April 19, 2011

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

Everyone is in need of encouragement. Each day life issues extract courage from other human beings. Indeed, we all are candidates to receive back courage from another caring soul. We need to hear, “Job well done”, “You can do it”, “You are a blessing”, “You are a gift from the Lord”, “I need you” and “I love you”. Like the gas tank in an automobile, people need a regular fill up of encouraging words, kind deeds and a listening ear.

Spouses especially need encouragement, so that they will feel: love, accepted and respected. Children need encouragement, so that they feel: love and the security around well defined boundaries. Work associates need the balance of many more words of “well done” to balance out the “why didn’t you?” All restaurant servers deserve a sincere smile and most deserve a generous tip. Encourage those the Lord sends your way each day: these are His divine moments.

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3).

Furthermore—the replenishment of others is reciprocal. When we take a short amount of time to extend kindness and care we receive the blessing of a thank you, a gentle hug, a grateful email or the satisfaction of representing Jesus well. What a privilege it is to be a conduit for Christ and connect two people who grow to love and appreciate each other. Encouragers decrease—while others increase—and all are filled with joy by faith in God.

When you give others hope—you become hopeful. When you give others peace—you become peaceful. When you give others faith—you become faithful. When you give others comfort—you become comforted. When you give others encouragement—you become encouraged. When you give others Jesus—you become like Jesus!

Who needs a hand written thank you note? Perhaps you set a goal to write two or three caring communications each day. Maybe give a new Bible to the maintenance worker at your office—ask him or her the names of their children and give them Bibles. Invite a couple to dinner to love on and listen to how they are doing. Drop by to see a family with a special needs child, just to see how they’re doing—and pray with them. No one normally complains of too much encouragement, so be a regular replenisher of courage. Most of all lead others to be refreshed by the Lord—His refreshment satisfies best.

“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

How can I encourage my family and friends to be faithful followers of Jesus?

Related Readings: Psalm 19:7, 68:9; Proverbs 25:13; Acts 3:19; 1 Corinthians 16:18

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  1. l devine says:

    hey carman wow this is great and such and encouragement, god bless you and jose. give my love to mary. It sounds as though all is going well with you. thats great. Maybe one day I will get to see you again. I saw Norma at church wow it was wonderful to see her she looks great. We did not get to really talk we exchanged phone numbers, i left for North carolina the next day. so I have not had a chance to really talk with her yet but i will definitely contact her when i get home. IBrooke is pregnant with first baby its about time they have been married five years. they found a blood clot in her left thigh she was just taken off bedrest and continues with injections of lovenox every am and pm. Just really pray for her and the baby i know god will perform another miracle in our familys life. I am sure u heard about my miracle. thank u Jesus for loving us so much and honoring with many blessings. I dont go on facebook much but i will check now and then every few days I am trying to commit to. I love u guys. take care God Bless and have a wonderful Easter

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  4. I heard this message on Sunday, and have been acutely aware of my opportunities to encourage others this week. I wrote a post a back in February called “Encouragement Goes a Long Way” that illustrates this point. We are all better servants of Christ when we encourage one another! – Joel

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