Proverbs 25:13,14 A Refreshing Volunteer

13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
    is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
    he refreshes the spirit of his master.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
    is one who boasts of gifts never given.

I was at Sugarbuzz coffee shop in McHenry yesterday and they were interviewing people.  They were being quite thorough and they said they have decided to put new employees through a 1 month probation period.  They have had a number of employees promise that they will work early mornings and work hard, only to stand around and stare blankly when it is slow and refuse to work many early morning shifts.  It must be as refreshing as a caramel frappuccino on a blisteringly hot day to find an employee who works for a coffee shop and takes the job seriously and puts in a lot of effort. 

A godly person will see that putting their best forth in a job is important.  However, an employer is the one in view here.  When we find someone who works well for us, we should give that person a lot or praise and responsibility.  The usual in ancient times was to find people who promise much and deliver little.  If Sugarbuzz is anything to go by, the situation is still the same among the youth.


  1. What does the author find refreshing?
  2. To what does the author compare his find?
  3. What drink do you find refreshing?
  4. When are you responsible for building a team or hiring people?
  5. What were the qualities of your best employees  or volunteers?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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1 Response to Proverbs 25:13,14 A Refreshing Volunteer

  1. Jonathan says:

    Hi Brother Peter. I need to run something by you. When you get a chance can you email me so we can connect. Jonathan

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