Devotional: Sharing the Caring

sharing the caring

Sharing the Caring

If you find any comfort from being in the Anointed, if His love brings you some encouragement, if you experience true companionship with the Spirit, if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart; then, brothers and sisters, here is one thing that would complete my joy—come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love. Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbors’ interests first. Phil 1:1-4 The Voice

The writer of Philippians says that his joy will be complete when he sees those he has taught and mentored sharing love, extending love, going beyond their own self-interests and being sincere; taking care of others before thinking about what their own priorities are.

In the process of writing this devotional one of the CNAs knocked on my open office door and asked if I were busy. Yes. My writing was interrupted. My LONG “to-do” list was already written for the day. How would her inquiry be answered? This knock and inquiry led to a split-second internal conversation: “She would not have asked if she did not need help. This is an opportunity to live this devotional thought. When opportunity knocks, answer the door.” And then, to the CNA, “How may I assist you?” This adventure of assistance involved being the second person [the second CNA for safety reasons] in the room for the Hoyer lift and assisting this CNA with a patient who needed to get out of bed for breakfast. This small request to assist someone became a hidden blessing in my day instead of a missed opportunity. Our facility is full of persons who work together in teamwork.

Our company is blessed with many of those persons, caregivers at the bedside, managers in their offices, executives in meetings, who care for others first, with sincerity. We are revolutionizing healthcare because the “care” is present. When we stop what we are doing to assist another person in their request, we are sharing love and going beyond our own self-interests. What opportunities will we have today to share love and assistance to someone who asks us? Will we answer the door?

Prayer: O God, You see us and know us and see all of our busyness. You know our stresses and pressures and the tasks we already have on our lists of things to do. Thank you for allowing us to work in a field in which CARE is a part of our name. Help us to notice where our assistance may be needed, even before someone asks us. We desire to love well today, to love You, to love others, and to sense when and where You are calling us to reach out in love and CARE to others. Amen.