It is so much easier to "walk the Walk" when I sorround myself from like-minded Christians that don't see my life as abnormal. So often, I find myself ministering to the well and not those who are sick. Similar to one of our nurses in our home that was upset because the child who she works with was sick and she is sure that she caught whatever he had. Hmmm...a pediatric home care nurse whining because the sick child she works with is sick...
As Christians, I think that is what we often do. We sorround ourselves and our families around those who share the same values and thoughts as we do. We aren't out in the world serving the sick and the lost...those who Jesus has called us to serve.
In our home on any given day, we have 4 nurses, several PCA's, delivery people, therapists, nutrition specialists and social workers. My first reaction to all of this, is to feel overwhelmed and imposed upon. After all, I just want to take care of my new baby and I want everyone to go away at times.
And then I remember what it is I am called to do in this world. What a privelege and responsibility that God has put before me---to love those that are not always easy to be around, to share the reasons why we live the life of service we have chosen and to live with a sense of peace that passes all understanding.
I want to be fully aware that my harsh words and abrupt actions can turn people away from Christ...I dread the thought of turning others away from Whom I love the most. Let me never, ever forget that reality...and help me to remember that God wants me just where he has placed me...out of my comfort zone.