One of the most demanding jobs I had was detasseling corn in the summer before starting high school. I was up at 3:30 am, on the bus by 4 am and in the fields by 5 am. We ate on the bus between fields and finished around 2 pm. This job lasted seven days a week for four or five weeks, but it felt like an eternity. I made enough money in those few weeks to pay cash for my first car, a habit I wish I’d kept up. One day, we were in this field, and the farmer forgot to shut off the irrigation. I stood under that water for a solid ten minutes because it was cold and incredibly refreshing in Nebraska’s summer heat and humidity. In hindsight, the farmer probably knew what we were going through and left it on in an act of mercy! When we are generous with what we have, we refresh others, not just materially but spiritually and emotionally. When we give that hour or two to a friend in need or our last dollar to the mom with kids, it refreshes our soul. May you be generous with your time, talents, and treasures today. May your generosity give you new strength and relief.
Proverbs 11:25: “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”