This article was written for anyone who feels called to care for another human being. Being a caregiver is so much more than a profession. It’s a God given opportunity that should never be taken lightly. Here are five things every caregiver should know in order to reach their full potential.
#1 YOU ARE CALLED. I’m convinced this is the most critical key to someone being an effective caregiver. There are certain jobs that you just can’t do effectively if your heart is not on board. A calling goes way beyond a paycheck or human recognition. A calling compels you to action and reminds you that you were hand-picked by God for the task at hand. If you don’t feel called to do what you’re doing, then you should be looking for another job.
#2 WHAT YOU DO MATTERS. God doesn’t call us to do things that don’t make a difference. Don’t under estimate how God is using you to encourage, love, and lift those around you. Every time you say yes to your God given assignment someone is receiving a blessing. Your efforts are never a waste, your sacrifice is always appreciated and every act of love matters.
#3 EXPECT HARDSHIP. Whether you’re a pastor, teacher, nurse, mom, or dad you’re going to face hardships. No matter what comes your way, stay focused on the mission before you. God will give you what you need, help you through the valley, and use all your efforts for His glory.
#4 PLAY YOUR PART. Don’t focus on what you can’t do, but do what God has called you to do. Each of us, are gifted in certain ways and have particular assignments. Do your part to the best of your ability and trust God to accomplish the rest. Seek to be where you need to be, do what you need to do, and know that you are just one of God’s angels.
#5: FEED YOUR SOUL. Some of the greatest people I know are the emptiest. Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have. In fact, you won’t be around to give anything to others if you don’t take care of yourself. Make sure you get proper rest, surround yourself with necessary support, and allow God to fill your soul. Caring for others comes best out of the overflow of what God has done and is doing in your heart.