Do Not Grow Weary

Caregiver, do not grow weary.

Are you growing weary in your caregiving?

Before you throw in the towel, let me share a true story about an ancestor of mine.  You might have heard this famous story about the late Winston Churchill.  Churchill was the grandson of a prominent British statesman by the name of Randolph Churchill.

As a boy, Winston did not excel in school.  He was in the bottom third of his class.  Rather than giving up, he graduated, went to university, and then military school.  After serving in the British army, he became prime minister during the crucial days of World War II.  Since I have already written about his political days, during WWII, I will not belabor the point here.

14 Powerful Words for Every Caregiver:

After the war was over, he was asked to speak at his former school.  When he approached the podium, to speak to the students, Churchill spoke 14 words to the audience.  These fourteen words have been spoken over and over again since the day he first uttered them.  The following words may make up one of the shortest speeches in history, yet they have been recorded on T-shirts and in the media many times over:

“Gentleman, never give up!  Never give up!  Never give up!  Never, never, never, never!” -Winston Churchill

Ladies, I apologize for the first word of the quote.  He was speaking to a room full of men and boys.  You may omit the word “gentlemen” as you read the 13 words that follow it.

Caregiver, what is the point?

The point is this- it is always too early to give up.  Whether you are caring for yourself or someone else, do not give up your efforts.  Unless there is mental abuse or physical abuse in your household, do not give up on your caregiving.  You may have to place the person you are caring for in a long term care facility for your physical and mental health, but do not give up on yourself.

Do not lose hope or become isolated or depressed.  Do not grow weary in living for the audience of The One.  You have a friend that will stick closer than a brother.  God says in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave you or forsake you.

There is someone who is trying to weary you.  Daniel 7:25 says, “And he shall speak words against the Most High God and attempt to weary the saints…”  Do not allow the evil one to weary you.  You have the power to drop that weariness and to think optimistically about your future.  To read more on letting go of the burden of weariness, click here.

What can you cling to?

Here is a scripture that you may want to memorize during the stressful days of caring for yourself, animals, the environment, and others:

“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” -Galatians 6:9

Prayer to not lose heart:

Dear Lord, Please keep me going as I try to do Your will in all aspects of caregiving.  As I go about each day, please give me Your wisdom in all I do.  Show me how to best help those around me while also caring for my own physical and mental health.

Father, please give me the rest I need and the energy I need to do all that You have called me to do.  Please fill me with Your joy, peace, love, and Your thoughts.  Help me to always submit my mind and thoughts to You (Philippians 2).  Above all, help me not to give up this ministry of caregiving that You have entrusted to me.  Thank You!

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