“Don’t corral others to meet your needs.”
“Choose to be a servant.”
“Give yourself away.”
If you’re interviewing a guy who wears the title “Chief Encouragement Officer” like a banner, you can expect to hear lots of sentences like these. Here’s another one: “The goal is to get small and, in humility, to build others up.”
And any of these could be the mission statement for David “JB” Miller or for the Life Letter Cafe, the on-line ministry he has founded based on the truth that God chooses to invest deeply into the lives of those who pour themselves into others.
With 200+ bloggers sharing their work at The Cafe, it has become a well-spring of encouragement for readers, and, as one of the bloggers, I can say with certainty that Life Letter Cafe also encourages the writers who share their words in that friendly space.
When I asked David about a favorite Scripture, he immediately shared Proverbs 11:25b:
“Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
This is a principle that reverberates throughout the Bible. In fact, I checked out Biblical usage of the word “refreshed” using Blue Letter Bible and found it has been used seven times, and it carries the positive sense of being comforted, strengthened, or established. According to the Old Testament, refreshment can come in various ways:
- Genesis and the Song of Solomon both speak of food that provides refreshment.
- In Psalm 68:9, rain refreshes a weary land.
- Proverbs 3:22 and 25:13 declare that wisdom, discretion, and a trustworthy messenger refresh like snow in the summer or like jewels on a necklace.
- Then, in the New Testament, Peter the faithful messenger and carrier of wisdom to the recipients of his second letter reminds his readers that he is trying to refresh their memory and to stimulate wholesome thinking.
Food for the soul, wisdom for living, a faithful message, and living water for those who thirst are key to the refreshment provided at Life Letter Cafe, and the ministry is expanding. In our era of virtual gatherings, naturally there is no brick and mortar involved, and, frankly, I am the last person who should be explaining this expansion because I only just barely understand the back side of my own blog, but here’s the goal:
1. Rebuild the Life Letter Cafe with the capacity for 500 guest contributors;
2. Build participation from the current 50 thousand monthly readers to 100 thousand;
3. Offer several new services and leverage increased influence for the purpose of contributing financially to the rescue of the unborn.
David and his team are still in the early stages of planning and praying their way through this process. You can read more detail about the project here or explore the SmashFund crowd funding tool that is just now getting underway.
And while you’re busy pondering all this goodness, how is your soul being refreshed these days?
Have you passed the refreshment along to another?
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