Care Giving

Personal care giving – that’s what I decided to do. Retired from remodeling, and with ample outlets for ministry by being an active part of the church, going to the prison to preach, writing articles, and sharing the Lord along the way, I decided it would be nice to have a little source of income that would also genuinely help others in some way. I thought, “Well, I’ve had some experience in care giving for a wife for about 8 years before her decease, so I’ll look into doing that.” Going online, I picked a senior care company, went through the online school, and became an official PCA – Personal Care Assistant – and here I am. It is another ministry outreach when clients ask questions on spiritual matters. One client related how he once was an almost 400 pound mass of muscle who served as a bouncer and later as a personal bodyguard for some wealthy people. He said he did some things for which he is sorry and expressed a desire to get things right with the Lord. We have frequent conversations about the things of God. In one such conversation he posed the question saying, “I don’t feel like I have ever found out what I am supposed to be doing. How do I know that I am doing what God wants me to be doing?” That’s a great question. I pondered for a moment, thinking to myself, “Now how do I figure out and know what I am supposed to be doing in God’s plan?” Two scriptures came to mind that I have leaned on, trusting in God to keep me in his “destiny” for me. Psalms 37:3-5 tells us to trust in the Lord and do good, delighting in the Lord, and he will give us the desires of our heart. As we commit our way to him, trusting in him, he will bring those desires to pass. Proverbs 3:5, 6 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and don’t be trusting in and leaning on our own understanding, and, if in all our ways we acknowledge him, he will direct our path. In other words, if we have a lifestyle of knowing, seeing, and carefully paying attention to the Lord in every way and in every day, he will guide us in the paths he wants us to go. When we are coming clean with God by repentance and believing in all that Christ has done for us, and committing our life to him, walking with him each day, then God will guide us. He will work it out for us. Bottom line, as we live by trusting in him, and by paying attention to the good desires of heart, he will work in our lives and bless what we put our hands to (Deuteronomy 28:1-14, esp. vs. 8). God works through desire, trust, and commitment to bring his destiny in our lives. As we give care to him, he cares for us.