I have been meeting regularly with the team of people that I am going to Guatemala with in July for a week-long mission trip. At the last meeting Pastor Rick spoke excitedly about our trip and how he is anxious to see how the Lord will use the bunch of us to form relationships with and provide medical and dental care to the people of Guatemala. He explained how if just HE were going to Guatemala, that he would be limited to what he could get done. But when you can pull together more people and the talents those people bring, well then you can accomplish so much more.
It made me think 🙂
All you caregivers out there (and this is not exclusive to caregivers – but applies to any and all people) can accomplish much more if you would accept the help of others. Why is it we are always so quick to help others but hesitant to say YES when someone offers to help us? Nobody says you have to be the hero and take care of your burden (whatever or whoever that may be) by yourself! Make a list of tasks that others could do to help you so that when they ask if they can help, you can be ready to give them a choice of ways they can do that. If you are a caregiver to an older or needy person, maybe you could have someone run an errand for you from your list – maybe picking up some groceries, cooking a meal, or even spending an hour once a week with the person you care for to give you a break.
Even Jesus did not work by himself. Jesus called his twelve disciples to learn and follow in His example. He taught them to pray and minister to the people. And when Jesus needed time for rest and prayer, He had them go with Him to the garden to pray.
If you are so quick to run and help others, keep in mind that there are others who want to reciprocate and help YOU. Don’t be so stubborn.
Hey – we all need a little help from our friends!
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.