What is it that causes life to be so exhausting? After school practice, commuting, homework, deadlines, grocery shopping, laundry, family drama, technology, meetings, dirty dishes, late nights at the office, traffic, bills, long distance friendships…this list could go on forever and never ceases to be overwhelming.
It doesn’t ever seem like we have enough time to get it all done. So we are left exhausted and paralyzed beneath the weight of what consumes our every day life. We become selfish with our time. We become blind to the needs of others.
Proverbs says, “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Sometimes, we just need a perspective check.
You should know that it is a blessing to be a part of a sports team to practice with, to have a job that pays your living expenses, to own a car to drive anywhere you need to go, to have family to grow with, to be in school learning, to have friends that want to stay in touch from across the country and to have clothes that need to be washed.
How much more exhausting would life be if you had none of those things that you think cause you so much stress? There are people in our own city that live day to day not knowing where their next meal will come from. There are kids that drop out of high school because of their family’s homelessness. There are people struggling to overcome addictions or be free of domestic abuse. Hope barely seems to even be on the horizon in these situations.
Think about what it means to be refreshed and pray about what it would look like to refresh the lives of those that live in your community.
During LOVE Week 2012, you will have the incredible opportunity to BE the “generous man” that “refreshes others.” We will be working with some of our partners like A Child’s Place, which works to make sure that homeless kids in our city are a supported in school. Urban Ministry Center has lunch for the homeless and gives those people an opportunity to develop skills.
Help us REFRESH our city.
by Elizabeth Danko