“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25, NIV
Edith lived a healthy, active lifestyle until a fall changed everything. With a broken hip and her arm badly sprained, she couldn’t live on her own any longer. Her son found an assisted living facility a few hours away and helped her move.
Despite her new limitations, Edith remained positive. She quickly made friends with other patients and staff members. But she still had moments when she felt lonely.
One day, a letter came in. It was a sweet note from a young child then another message from a single mom came a week later. Each letter brightened her day but she wasn’t sure how the messages were getting to her.
She mentioned them to her son who laughed. “There’s a website, Mom,” he explained, “Where people can write letters to people in assisted living facilities. I knew you were feeling blue, so I signed you up.”
When most people think of giving to others, their first thought is financial. But you don’t have to give dollars and cents to make a difference. Instead, you can give of your time and attention through writing notes to the elderly or soldiers.
You can do this by going online to sites like LoveForTheElderly.org or AMillionThanks.org. Both of these websites will show you sample letters and offer suggestions for what to include in your note. You never know whose day you might end up brightening!
God, let me refresh someone else today. I want to be a blessing to those around me!