Christian Care Givers

July 18, 2017

Christian Care Givers

Some care givers get paid for what they do because they work at centers that care for the elderly. Most, however, are forced to accept the responsibility because a loved one needs special care.

This article is addressed to Christian care givers because they may need encouragement and a good understanding of the resources that God has at their disposal so they can take advantage of them. If this article falls into the hands of a care giver and you aren’t part of God’s family, you could find care giving much easier if you had God on your side.

Many times Christians are forced to assume the role of being a care giver because their mate in life has fallen victim of a lingering illness or dementia. Sometimes it is because parents are given a special needs child. Sometimes Christian couples accept the responsibility of caring for their aged parents. If being a care giver falls into your hands please, don’t be bitter about it. Proverbs 17:17 has the spirit with which you should accept it. “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Great will be your reward in heaven if you accept it in the right spirit.

Most of us know people who’s lot it is be be care givers. It has fallen into their hands. Some are Christians; some aren’t. We should feel a burden to pray for them. They need it. I Thessalonians 1:2-3 tells us to remember such people. “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.”

The above verse makes mention of a number of things that Christian care givers desperately need. It is called a “labor of love.” I Corinthians chapter 13 tells us what love does. It has been said “Where there is love there is no sacrifice.” I Corinthians 13:7 says that love “beareth all things.” It would be extremely difficult to care for someone we didn’t love.

Patience is also mentioned in I Thessalonians 1:3. Being a care giver can try your patience. Care givers are often called out of bed at night. Often they must drop what they are doing and answer the call of the one they are caring for. Many times they may have to miss out on special occasions to stay at the side of the one they love. The burden of being a care giver is greatly alleviated if the one cared for shows appreciation. That isn’t always the case. Sometimes it isn’t their fault.

Christian care givers assume the role of doing for others what they can no longer do for themselves. For a man it may be washing dishes or washing soiled sheets. For a woman it may be putting on her husband’s shoes, feeding him and helping him in and out of the bathtub. Many times it involves doing something you would rather not do, but you do it anyhow as a labor of love.

If it is your mate you are caring for, you may also need to be his or her spiritual counselor. A lingering illness can drain ones strength, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. It may be difficult for those being cared for to keep on trusting in God the way they should. It may be that they can’t get out to church and other activities. They miss fellowship with other believers. You are their comforter and counselor.

The ones you care for don’t always accept and appreciate the care you give them. There may be disagreements. At times you need to be the authority figure. That may be difficult for women who are accustomed to obeying their husbands as the Scriptures say they should in Ephesians 5:22. “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” In some cases wives must realize that because of all their husband has been through, or because of dementia, he is no longer the man he once was.

No doubt parents of special needs children need special wisdom in caring for them. It often seems that even normal children are slow learners, but it’s even more so with special needs children. They still need discipline with love. They need more attention. If God gives you a special needs child you have a right to ask of him a special measure of grace and love you will need to care for that one.

Christian care givers need a special measure of grace and wisdom. What they are doing isn’t easy and they can grow weary in well doing. Galatians 6:9 says “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” They need our prayers. At times they need a word of encouragement and the assurance of our support. Perhaps this article would be an encouragement to some Christian care givers that you know. If you think so, send them a copy of it.

If you are a Christian care giver and think there are things that could be added to this article I would be happy for your suggestions. You can send them to me at rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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