“Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.”
II Corinthians 7:13
So often in my life each day
I have so much to do— That I forget to remember that those around me
Most likely have many needs too
Yes, too often my thoughts are only of me
And how to be successful today—
That I forget to reach out in love to others
Or always be loving in what I do or say.
“It’s all about ‘me’,” we often hear
In this age of self-centered living;
We forget that true life in Christ our Lord
Is really about serving and giving.
We forget that kind words are so often just like
Cold water to a thirsty man,
And kind deeds are really eloquent words
When we lend someone a helping hand.
How wonderful it is when others reach out
And touch us with their love—
For in reality they’ve show us just a tiny glimpse
Of the Father’s love up above.
Christ’s love uplifts those who are burdened in heart,
Whether by a tiny word or deed; It looks beyond one’s color or creed
And simply sees their need.
“Soul-refreshing” is something we all can use
Most each and every day;
And most often we receive it when we do our best
To give it to others along the way.
May we let the Spirit direct our paths
As we interact with others,
For they, too, probably need some “soul refreshing”
From one who’s called “sister” or “brother.”
by Tom Smith