In our Caregiver Meditation this month, Veronica Badowski reminds us all of the importance of accepting that we are human and need to take “me time” to continue our caregiving journey.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
In your own words describe a person who is humble.
I often think about how love repeats itself; my mother and my stepfather George were always there for me and my family when we needed them. As their caregiver, it was now my turn to support them and put their needs above my own. One day when I was looking forward to some me time, a blustery winter storm made it necessary for my assistant to head home early. I wasn’t happy about it, but I valued my assistant’s safety and my parent’s well-being. I was unhappy giving up my free time, but I chose to do the right thing and care for my parents.
It isn’t always easy to gracefully let go of plans and prioritize the needs of others. Being resentful is to be human. This is when we need to reach out to our heavenly Father for an attitude adjustment.
If resentment steals your peace, sit quietly for a time; breathe deeply until your body relaxes. Prayerfully invite Holy Spirit into this situation, and ask Him to fill you with His love—healing love that is greater than human understanding. Let His peace and presence surround you, providing the humility you need to value others above yourself. When we seek a closer relationship with our Lord on a daily basis, resentment begins to fade away.
Describe a time you too had to put another’s needs above your own desires. How did you respond at the time? How do you feel as you reflect back on that situation?
Generous Lord Jesus, thank you for being a living example – by making the ultimate sacrifice of your life for my salvation. Show me how to love as you love and how to value the person I care for without neglecting my own needs. Give me a sense of balance in living out each day. In your name I pray. Amen.