Caring about others

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church (the home of Celebrate Recovery) says :‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’

I have been thinking about that a bit lately. I have a job in which I have to care for others. Note I said care for, not necessarily care about. With that in mind I find myself asking the question

What kind of caring does God expect from me?

What He expects I believe is for me to show love through expressing His love for them. To give thanks to Him for those He has placed in my sphere of influence and to pray honestly that His purpose will abound in and through them.

In order to influence others we first need to love them and believe in them. We need to thank God for them and let them know how deeply we care about them.

Then we can let them know how much we know through walking the recovery road together.

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  1. Today, my caring is expressed through duty. By this I mean that I am currently caring for my elderly father and there is not a lot of gushy or happy, caring feelings involved. I care about him, I provide care for him, but there is a lot of pain in doing so.

    He is stubborn, demanding, difficult, and often mean. He spews biggotry and profanity, often at those who are trying to help him. I am not looking for anyone to feel sorry for me. I am just sharing my story as my response to your post…. hopefully I am on topic.

    Dad is a now-sober alcoholic. Sober only by lack of availability of booze. He has no clue how much he hurt his family over the decades. Yet we now, out of duty mainly, care for him. We all find it painful. Terribly. But we do it. Why? Because we are instructed to “Honour your father and mother….”. What this commandment exactly means, I dont know. But caring for them in their elderly state certainly has to fit in there somewhere.

    it does not say we have to like it or enjoy it. Yet, there are those times when even through the pain and complexity…. or perhaps better stated, because of the pain and complexity, there are moments of amazing joy knowing that we are helping someone and being obedient to God, even when it is unpleasant.

    God was gracious to us… make that IS gracious to us. God as I understand him while he was being murdered said, “forgive them for they know not what they do”. He was in pain yet he remained in grace. The least I can do is the same when dealing with elderly father.

    Thanks for your thought-provoking post. Sorry for being so verbose in my reply.

    Ciao.

    Cahz

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