But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. - 1 Timothy 5:8
Today was one of those days where I was inspired by one of my clients. He shared with me how his father-in-law was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and only had days to live. His wife and he made the decision to bring her father into their home to live for his final days, with the help of hospice.
We discussed how his father-in-law had been an inspiration to him, been a man of great faith, and someone he looked up to most of his adult life. He said to me, "Its an honor to be able to love him and serve him in these last days after he has helped us so much."
That statement touched my heart and reminded me of this verse in 1 Timothy where we are encouraged to care for our family and loved ones.
My client shared with me the toll this process has been taking on his family especially in the area of schedules, routine, and personal time. His wife is often in tears at the end of each day because she is so exhausted, kids are feeling the stress of the disruption to their nightly routine, but through all of this, as a family, they agreed this was the right thing to do - their love for their father/grand-father was worth the sacrifice.
What a wonderful example of Christ's love. What a wonderful example they are being to their children. Loving someone in a way where they are willing to sacrifice their rights, their schedule, their peace in the home to help a loved one.
I'm thankful for the example of Christ, I'm thankful for witnessing a Christ follower living out love, and I'm convicted to prepare my heart and mind for when this opportunity (not burden) knocks on my door.
LORD, thank you for your love. Thank you for loving us - creating us - and allowing us to love others. Holy Spirit, open my eyes to the opportunities to love my relatives and others around me. Give me the courage to put aside my rights and focus on the needs of others. Jesus, thank you for your example. Teach me to have your patience and perseverance as I love those around me, especially my relatives. Amen.
Questions To Consider:
- When have you witnessed this verse in 1 Timothy in action?
- Is there someone in your family that needs your love, not your judgment, correction, or frustration?
- How can you bring the conviction of love into the lives of those you lead and serve?
Make it a great day!