A blog from one of my favorite bloggers.

Apples of Gold

Radio Script for March 24, 2009

“Six Second Refreshment”

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

My wife likes to have hanging flower baskets on our front porch.

But flower care isn’t very high on her agenda. And it’s not on my agenda at all.

Oh, we’ll have good times, when at least someone in the family keeps them watered.

And then come the bad times. We get busy. We don’t notice. Yes, we could be charged with flower neglect.

And the flowers begin to wilt. They start to dry out, and their color fades, like a spring breaker who’s returned to the frozen north.

This is why, as my wife puts it, she likes to invest in “hearty” plants – plants that come from good pioneer stock. Because here’s how it works.

At some point she notices the flowers are wilting, so she grabs the watering can and pours in the liquid refreshment. And voila! Within minutes, I mean you could almost watch it happen, the flowers perk up. They return right back to their original beauty.

And all it took was a little watering, a little refreshment.

And you know what? This works with people, too.

The other day I had my daughter in the studio for a recording session. She was reading a simple script, and somehow she got tickled. She just starting laughing and couldn’t stop. And when she finally left the studio I could hear her laughing down the hall.

She said it had been a while since she had laughed that hard. And you know what that was? A time of refreshing.

Flowers perk up when they are refreshed, and so do people.

A while back I heard someone say that they needed a vacation. A six month vacation. But you know what? That’s kind of like my wife’s flowers saying they need a thousand gallons of water.

I doubt that person needs a six month vacation. Now listen to this. Six seconds of true refreshment is probably all they need.

That sounds silly, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Six seconds of true refreshment can turn someone’s whole attitude around.

Proverbs 11:25 encourages us to go around refreshing people. Or like it says in the King James, watering people.

It’s really not that hard. It’s like our flowers at home. It only takes seconds to water them – you just have to remember to do it.

So this is your reminder. Remember to refresh people.

It can be as simple as saying a positive word to someone. Stop in to see them. Send them a text message. Tell them your thinking about them. Tell them something you admire about them.

Everyone needs to be watered, from the boss down to the lowliest worker.

I know a guy who always makes sure to remember the name of the waitress. Then he calls her by name, says encouraging things, and leaves her a big tip. When a waitress gets him as a customer, she is sure to enjoy a time of refreshing.

My son likes to share jokes and funny stories. Get people laughing – that’s a great way to bring refreshment.

If you are a worker that serves customers, this is your chance to give them refreshment. Be friendly to them, all of them. Be helpful and courteous. Go the extra mile. Serve them in such a way that when they leave they say, “Well, that was refreshing.”

Buy all your co-workers their favorite candy bar.

Get everyone to pitch in for a gift for your boss.

Even a two-second hug can deliver a ton of refreshment to some people.

When it comes to refreshing people, you’re only limited by your own creativity.

Have you ever heard of Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus from the Bible? Probably not, yet their names are etched in history because in First Corinthians 16 Paul said, “…they refreshed my spirit…”

Now you might say, “But Doug, what about me? I need some refreshing myself.”

Well, all you have to do is start refreshing others, because look what it says in Proverbs 11:25, “…he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

I know, it’s like watering flowers. It’s easy to forget. So here is your reminder. Look around. Pick someone out and refresh them.

They might think they need a six month vacation, but you can probably turn their whole attitude around with just six seconds of true refreshment.

Comments?

E-mail me: dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today! With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.

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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”? Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold. Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.” I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

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