“That was a very stressful and tiring day.” I said to myself. My job, these days, become extra challenging and extra strenuous. Some days I come close to being unmotivated, given that the workplace requires an hour of overtime everyday. Since daylight saving time is already in effect to the country that our company caters, employees are now scheduled to go to work an hour earlier. I could say that I literally drag my feet to go to work. When I step inside the office, all I do, aside from painfully doing the job, is to count the minutes until I clock out.
By the time I step inside my room, I’m already too tired to do anything else that I once enjoyed doing. I don’t listen to music anymore, I don’t read books that much. I occasionally pick my guitar up to play music but that’s about it. I browse social media but I easily get too tired of seeing rant after rant on my news feed. The stress level goes up a notch higher when I see irritating selfish posts. I tend to just turn everything off and just find peace in silence both to the ear and to the mind.
There was this one post though which caught my attention. It was from an old friend, we go way back elementary days. You could see in his post his grave situation but he still manages to post inspiring bible verses. God told me to ask my friend how he was. So I sent him a private message. My friend, just being honest, told me that he was not okay. He said that he lost his job, and he is now close to being evicted to the humble home.
I decided to meet him that night to see how he was. The trip took an hour and it was almost midnight when I arrived at his place. We managed to finish our catching up conversations in just thirty minutes. Then it came to a point where we were talking about how difficult life it is for him and his family. He also mentioned how good God was to him in spite of the fact that sometimes there was no food on the table.
God spoke to me while my friend was pouring his heart out telling his stories. God told me how blessed I am because I still have a job. No matter how stressful it is working that nine-to-five, it doesn’t match how stressful it becomes when you don’t have one. God told me to encourage my friend, and as I was doing that, God in turn is encouraging me. As I continue to inspire him to live on and fight because God has a purpose for him. God in turn was telling me to live on and fight because I have a purpose. As I try my best to understand my friend’s situation, God showed me that He already understands what I’m going through.
You see, I went there to encourage, inspire and help a person in need. As it turns out, I walked out of there and I was the one encouraged. I was the one who ended up more inspired. I was the one who got help.
Truly, we can never out-give God.
Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.