“Refreshing Others”

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The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.

One Proverb

“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”-Proverbs 11:25

One Principle

There’s something about human tragedy that brings out the best in us. We see it after hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, vehicular or sporting accidents, and, at this time, during the coronavirus pandemic. I acknowledge that there’s a lot about our world in 2020 to discourage us or to make us cynical, as we see myriad failings in different spheres of human endeavour. Yet, we seem to have this amazing capacity, generally-speaking, to rise to the occasion when our fellow man is in desperate need.

I applaud the generosity, sacrifice, goodwill and benevolence of countless doctors, nurses, health care professionals, protective service providers, volunteers, researchers and so many others who have refreshed thousands of lives during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yes, we’ve made some mistakes and have been reactive rather than proactive in some respects, but the human race has exonerated itself to a large degree during the pandemic. Let’s continue to take it higher. We are far from being out of the woods.

One Practical

While respecting the social distancing guidelines, meet a tangible need in the upcoming week or weeks, whether it is a financial contribution, however small, a sponsored meal or a simple phone call to check in on someone affected by COVID-19. Remember not to tell anyone about your act of kindness. That’s your secret with God.

To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Elizabeth George Marcus

    Today I give God praise for his goodness towards us. Morning by morning new mercies we see, we can allude to the fact that this is the time to come together to assist, to demonstrate humanity, to listen to the call to serve, to be aware of the time and the challenges we face and come together, strengthen our faith. displaying love and having peace and ate all that matters.

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      Thank you for this wonderful expression of human goodwill Liz. This is indeed the need of the hour.

  2. Michelle Marcus

    It has been a good balance during this time. Learning to trust God through the governing authorities. Its easy for me to be critical where I can fail to see the good others are trying to do, instead of recognizing my own need to extend myself at a time where it may appear seemingly difficult. I am truly grateful for the enforced discipline for such a tine as tbis as there are times i will have to now stay put. Thank God for his kind nercies tbrough all of this.

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      This is true Michelle. We are all now compelled to slow down significantly. We can use this period do to so much good for others and even for ourselves as we rest a bit and spend more time with immediate family.

  3. Allison B

    As I think of all professionals and the scarifice of their families to have them on the mission field. When I am sure, they would rather that they were at home. I am encourage and humbled. Encourage that the sick are being taken care of and humbled to know that they continue to serve with a willing heart. For God has place on their hearts to offer service of scarifice through the support of their families. We can easily want to serve our friends, families and people we generally care for. But the need is bigger than that small circle; the need is for everyone in the whole to do their part; me included. Remembering the stranger in our midst, whom may be forgotten when we seek to ensure that our own needs are met.
    Thank you Tyrone for the proverb, principle and practical.
    I am challenged today.

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      Such great perspectives Allison. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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