Give, and Be Blessed
A highlight to my day is meeting before clinic starts to read scripture, share a devotion and pray with each other. Blessings abound when we share our heartaches, praises, joys, and needs with each other. Sam is one such volunteer who brought such joy to the start of clinic one day and gave me a different perspective on what we do here at the Refuge.
The scripture he shared was from Proverbs 22:9: “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he shares his bread with the poor.”
“I always thought this was an odd verse. If you look at the syntax it implies that rather than the person receiving the bread being blessed, it is actually the person who shares it that is blessed.
Growing up I didn’t really understand this verse. While I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon, I was never in a situation where I was worried where my next meal was coming nor did I have to worry about my parents finances. It is because of this that when I finally did start to volunteer with the Refuge Clinic, I saw myself as someone who was going to sacrifice their time and energy for the sake of someone else, not exactly in line with Proverbs 22:9.
As I volunteered I was absolutely shocked by the people I met. These were people I would consider down on their luck, people who were struggling to have 3 meals a day and to have a roof over their heads. Yet these were the same people who laughed at everything, truly enjoying life and always having Faith in God. It was an outlook on life that I would struggle to have if I were in their position and yet it helped me to look at my life in a new perspective, one that was optimistic instead of sour.
Looking back at Proverbs 22:9, I now can understand the verse for what it truly is; because while I originally planned to sacrifice my time for others, I feel like I ended up getting more out of it from them.”
“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
I am thankful for volunteers like Sam who would not only share their time and talents with us but also who are willing to share their stories.
Before I came on staff at the Refuge Clinic full time, I would volunteer my time at our Nicholasville location after a full days work at a local hospital. On my way to clinic, I would often wonder “why am I doing this? I am tired and should just go home”. However, upon leaving the Refuge Clinic later that night, every single time I would go home with so much more energy and strength then when I started. I have heard this numerous times from our devoted volunteers. When you give of your time and talents, God is so rich to bless you beyond measure. His grace is sufficient to hold you up and sustain you.
Sandi Chinn, Clinical Coordinator