Can you believe February is already almost gone! This is the last Word-Filled Wednesday for the month! As I was talking to a friend about it, along with all the fun my grandkids and I have been having with so many great Wii games for kids and the seniors who love them (ME! 🙂 ), she suggested this verse as appropriate for both. I had to laugh and agree.
So for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family and babysitting grandchildren, here are some very encouraging Bible verses for whatever we do – whether walking with senior parents as we talk about their gardening plans, cleaning up messes in a sick room, following healthy diets and riding a mini exercise bike to stay in good shape for our caregiving chores or even playing those fun Wii games! 🙂
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)
or as the Message Bible puts it:
Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ.
And yes, following this can even mean TURNING OFF those fun Wii games and sitting down to cuddle, read, and talk to our grandchildren about God's love. It can also mean playing those same games, while talking to the grandkids about serving God heartily with our attitudes as we are playing, whether we win OR lose.
P.S. If you're looking for activities ideas for grandparents and grandkids when babysitting grandchildren, be sure to check out Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks