What Are They Thinking?
"Who knows the thoughts that another person has? Only a person's spirit that lives within him knows his thoughts." 1 Corinthians 2:11 NCV
Thoughts for Today
Are you caring for an aging parent or other loved one? If not now, perhaps you will in the future. People are living longer, and many middle-age people find themselves providing care for parents, or even an aging aunt or uncle.
As you provide care or assistance for your parents (or another loved one), be sure to consider their perspective. Ask God to help you see things through their eyes. Doing so can help you be more sensitive to their needs and better know how to help.
Today's scripture makes it clear that we cannot know what another person is feeling or thinking. We need God's help to make us more sensitive and to better understand things—through our parents' eyes.
Don't assume you know how your parents are feeling. Ask God to help you. Then talk to your parents. Ask questions. As long as they are emotionally and mentally able, assure them that even though you will offer guidance and suggestions, they have the final say.
Sometimes we want to fix things. We see our parents getting older, needing help, and we want to make everything better for them. Our intentions may be good, but if we forge ahead without being sensitive to their point of view, we may miss helping them in the ways they need the most. We might focus on what to do in a situation to the point that we forget to find out what our parents want or feel.
Father, I want so much to help my parents. Help me to be more sensitive to their feelings and desires. Help me to see things through their eyes. And give me wisdom. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Caregiving: Caring for Aging Parents by Charles Puchta. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide hope and direction to those concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents or an ill spouse or relative. We address predominate issues most families face. Each session is designed to discuss a specific area of concern such as the purpose of a caregiver or end-of-life planning. It will become clear to participants that the Bible provides encouragement and direction to help them through this caregiving journey. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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