Today’s thought is shared by Charlotte Baucom…
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
If you are a caregiver, this message is for you. The rest of us admire you so much. Thank you for being resilient, compassionate, courageous, and patient. Who wouldn’t want to have those characteristics? Like many caregivers, you sacrifice your time, your family life, your personal life, and sometimes your career to take care of your loved one. Your many acts of kindness toward your loved one do not go unnoticed by our God. Jesus said in Matthew 25:34-40, if you help those who are sick or help those who have special needs, you are doing His will and in His name.
Caregiving is a calling or a ministry much like a missionary who is summoned to preach the gospel in a foreign field. It requires planning, faith, and a commitment to serve others because He first loved us. We know sometimes you are happy and glad to serve, but sometimes you are discouraged, angry, or weary. God speaks to you in Isaiah 40:30-31. “He will renew our strength and we will soar on wings like eagles.”
If you are not a caregiver, this message is for you. I recently heard of an individual who thanked a caregiver for taking care of a relative. She followed up with a gift card to the caregiver’s favorite restaurant. The caregiver responded, “ No one has ever been so kind to me. You have made my day.” What caregiver do you know who could benefit from your visit, your encouragement, or just a call to say, “I am praying for you?.” Somebody is waiting for you to make that call.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ and the opportunity to inherit eternal life because of His example. Please bless the caregivers who take care of their loved ones. Remind them they are serving You by serving others. May all of us encourage and love each other as we live our Christian life. In Christ’s, Name, Amen.