I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. (1 Corinthians 16:17-18)
Working long hot summers in central Florida orange groves made for dry, parched throats. Stopping to take a drink of cool water was invigorating and soothing. Whenever I hear the word “refreshing” my mind drifts back to those long ago days of work in Mr. McIntosh’s groves. We hoed the trees, removed dead limbs, burned huge piles of wood – it was hot work. But times of refreshing came life was good.
Paul commended three brethren to the church at Corinth because they were refreshing people. You know people like that. They are those folk who seem to bring a breath of fresh air to the day. It may not be much. A smile, a “thank you” or a door held open are little things that just help the day go by. Sometimes a card is received in the mail and how good that makes us feel. Ironically refreshing people come from those dealing with cancer that faces the challenge with a pure spirit of humor and positive notes to others like my sister Peggy. You know what I like about refreshing people – they are so refreshing.
Luke writes about a refreshing man named Joseph in his letter to Theophilus. Most people don’t know who this Joseph is because we know him by the name given to him by the apostles – Barnabas. He was a “son of encouragement” or a ‘refresher person’ that was a blessing to the apostles. I have a nick-name from childhood and no you will not be told. But I would like to have a nick-name like Joseph and be a refresher person. If we had a lot more refresher people what a refreshing world we would live in. Make it your goal today to refresh the spirits of those you come in contact with. They will appreciate it.
All the kindness which a man puts out into the world works on the heart and thoughts of mankind. (Albert Schweitzer, Memoirs of Childhood and Youth, 1931)