One Word Wednesday the day to write on a word concerning caregiving. When I think of danger, I think of someone lurking in the shadows, your heart senses trouble, an uneasy feeling, or maybe I have watched too many Hawaii Five O shows. But in the world of caregiving, there is fear, uncertainty, and sometimes an uneasy feeling that something is about to rock your world.
Danger for the caregiver comes in many forms. One danger is a loss of self. I am more than a caregiver. According to God’s word, I am God’s child, Christ friend, set apart as a minister of reconciliation. Another danger is loss of relationships. As the demands of caregiving becomes greater, your world becomes smaller as you focus on administering care to the person in your life that needs care. Lastly, there is a danger in becoming so busy that you do not take care of yourself much less have time to have a quiet time daily with the Lord. This is commonly known as a phenomenon called “burnout”. Yes as caregivers the biggest danger is BURNOUT.
How can we as caregivers not burnout? How do we not lose ourselves in the process of meeting the needs of others? How do we promote healthy relationships with God and others? How do we prevent the trap that we are so earthly busy that we are no heavenly good.
DANGER- Devoted, Anger free, Needs met by God, Grace, Encouragement, and Reliance on God.
D- Devote yourself first to God and then to others.
A- Anger has no place in the act of caregiving, however, when anger is provoked one must diffuse by remaining calm and not by reacting.
N- Needs are met ultimately by God. Your needs and the person you are caring for needs. Sometimes, we need to remember that God is a caring God.
G- Grace covers all of us. If you have a bad day and you blow it, go to God and accept His Grace.
E- Encouragement comes from God in many ways a beautiful rainbow, a glorious sunset, God’s word is full of encouragement, a hot shower, a hot cup of coffee.
R- Reliance on God is number one, we have to be a FROG. Fully Reliant On God. From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, we must rely on Him.
I trust your day is filled with God’s peace and you rely on Him to keep you and the one you are caring for from DANGER. Blessings.
I had two other blogs on the word faith and compassion. http://www.diana2rockwell.com/faith and http://www.diana2rockwell.com/compassion