Lunch took an interesting turn at Chickfila on Friday. For one reason, my Fridays normally don’t involve lunch out, so there’s that. And it was a late lunch, so add that.
But I ordered my lunch and took a seat. Within minutes, two of their employees, also friends of mine, joined me to chat. So not only was my tummy getting full but my soul was also. In our chat, one of them mentioned an opportunity they have coming up that even though it may seem like work actually felt like the opposite. Exact words, “I don’t leave there drained.” When I left the restaurant, I had gotten refreshed with more than Combo #1.
That interaction led me to ask this question that I’m throwing out to you: Am I a Drainer or a Refresher? In my interactions with others, do they leave drained or refreshed? No doubt there are days I know I’m drained, so it’s seems impossible to be a refresher. But is that excusable?
One of the most draining days of Jesus’ life is recorded in Matthew 14. On this day…
- …he found out his cousin John the Baptist had been beheaded…
- …while trying to find seclusion, he ended up healing many people and feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fishes…
- …and ended the day walking on the Sea to rescue his disciples and calming the storm.
My worst day will never match that one. What Jesus models for us is even when we’re drained we can be a refresher. Does that mean we always have to ignore our drained state? Absolutely not. We are not the Son of God. It does mean that it is within our relationship with him to be something to others what only he could be through us.
When I’m drained, I need Refreshers. When I’m drained, may I allow others to refresh me so I avoid being a Drainer.
When others are drained, I need to be a Refresher. When I come across a drained person, may I allow the Holy Spirit to make me a Refresher.