We have all heard the saying, "He is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good." Yet is this a true statement? I suppose it would be if one would just sit in the chair and gaze at the sky. Yet if we are doing our work here on earth out of a love for the Lord and with the Lord and heaven as our focus, it is only then that we are truly any earthly good. It is then only that we can experience joy and peace.
Family care-giving with all its responsibilities, challenges, and heartaches can leave us feeling burdened and discouraged at times. Other life's challenges can do the same. As caregivers it is sometimes difficult to understand why our loved ones have to undergo the indignities of disease or old age. It is sometimes difficult to understand why we have to endure the challenges of seeking to meet their needs. Yet Romans 8:18 says that "our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Life on this earth is always challenging. There are many blessed moments, but there are also many difficult moments. Yet knowing we and our loved ones have an inheritance in heaven makes all the difference. If we truly value what we will gain in our heavenly inheritance, we do not have to wallow int the grief of the losses and heartaches here. This is because the Lord Himself becomes our greatest treasure. Knowing someday we and our loved one who love Him will be able to spend eternity with Him becomes our greatest joy.
Knowing this can add joy and purpose to our lives right now. It makes us more earthly good because we our heavenly minded and focused. The challenges of this world keeps us from falling in love with the temporary securities and pleasures of this world and keeps us focused on our permanent and only secure inheritance in eternity.
Sometimes life's struggles and pressures can wear us down. This is certainly true for the family caregiver. But the Psalmist in Psalm 43:5 asks himself why his soul is downcast. The psalmist knows that his hope is in God and in his eternal inheritance. He knows his hope is in God's help and deliverance. He knows his joy is in praising God through it all and in response to God's help and comfort in the process of it all. Dear caregiver, praise the Lord in spite of the heartaches. Keep your focus on the Lord and praise Him. Finally, keep your eyes focused on the Lord and eternity. Then you will be the most earthly good to your loved one and others. Then you will experience the most possible joy and comfort even in the heartaches.