Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on September 5, 2022 at 8:30 AM|
Monday Meditation – Caring for Others 9/5/2022
At many times in our lives we need to care for others. It might be babysitting, caring for your own children, nursing a sick spouse, or tending to your parents when they got old. Some people even choose careers that involve caring for others, such as doctors, nurses, counselors, teachers, pastors and more.
Sometimes it’s easy to care for others – especially when they appreciate the work you are doing. At other times, however, the people we are trying to help do not appreciate our efforts or fail to even acknowledge that you were caring. In those times it can be very difficult to feel valued and you may even be tempted to quit caring.
I recently started thinking about all the people who care for others in indirect ways, who don’t often get appreciated other than by their paychecks. I thought about the people who clean office buildings, those who prepare food in commercial kitchens, and even those who pave our roads so we can get to the places we need to go. I have seldom had an opportunity to thank these people for the work they do which makes my life easier.
And then what about the downtrodden and the poor, the folks who are brokenhearted or desperate for someone to care for them? My husband and I give to several charities but with covid we have gotten away from personal contact with those who are poor. We haven’t been on a mission trip for quite a while, and I can’t even think of when I last went over to Feed My Starving Children (FSMC) to pack meals.
We are called as Christians to care for others. Jesus told us the first commandment is to love God, and the second is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) To me, this means we must care for everyone, for everyone is our “neighbor.”
It isn’t an easy task, I’ll admit. As a child, I innately wanted what I needed. I had to be taught to share and to consider other people’s needs. I have definitely improved in my ability to care for others, but still I often prefer to think of my own needs before the needs of others. When I do help others, I secretly hope to be thanked or appreciated in some way. And when I don’t feel appreciated, I can get discouraged and wonder if my efforts are even worth it. That’s when I have to remind myself to look to Jesus. He cared for and healed many people who did not seem to care (case in point: only one of the ten lepers returned to thank him). Yet he continued caring for His people.
Yesterday as I was driving a song I hadn’t heard in a long time popped up on my radio, “Give ME Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. The words exactly fit this blog post. Here are the refrain lyrics:
Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missin'
Give Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
This week I am going to make a strong effort to do some extra caring. Although I won’t be able to go on a mission trip, or even get to FMSC, I should be able to do something. Doing something for my husband will not count, because that’s too easy! My challenge will be to find three other people outside of my household and immediate circle of friends whom I can care for in some special way.
How about you? Have you been thinking more about yourself lately and not so much about others? I encourage you this week to step out of your box and do something to care for at least one other human being, and it would be even better if it was not someone in your usual circle of friends. Who knows, you may even find a blessing in your caring.
Have a blessed Monday!
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