Care for the weak
A strange paradox takes place when people become caregivers to special needs people. If you didn’t know the families, you would think that a child with Down syndrome or spina bifida or cerebral palsy would be a terrible burden. You’d think that it would be a terrible curse to be stuck with years, even decades, of the enormous responsibility of that level of care.
Actually the reverse occurs. The family is ennobled and lifted up by learning how to be servants. Family members find that the joy of helping someone, especially someone who is weaker, provides much more lasting satisfaction than playing video games and watching TV. The family develops a huge friend network because they need so much help. The very pain and struggle in their lives provides a platform for authentic sharing of the gospel with the multitude of professionals and aides with whom they interact.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). We all crave significance. What could be more significant than living our lives the way Jesus lived his—using our gifts, our time, our energy, our passion and love, bringing benefit to the lives of other people who need us.
Scripture is clear that the Holy Spirit is coequal with God the Father and God the Son. But all too often, Christians fail to give him an equal place in their lives.
We want to help you make the Holy Spirit a daily part of your life—so you can experience more of his awesome, life-giving power—by sending you Pastor Mike Novotny’s book, The Neglected Spirit: Understanding and Adoring the Holy Spirit.
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