Today's Daily Devotion

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A Blessed Memory

A young girl hands us a flower

The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.—Proverbs 10:7 NIV

When our time of caregiving ends, how will others remember us? We may be surprised to find that family and friends have considered our unpaid (sometimes unappreciated) work a blessing. Perhaps we’ve even become family heroes because we did what others could not.

As we gave that daily care, we weren’t seeking kudos. If we considered blessings, we thought of those we’d received from God—or our efforts to shower those blessings on our hurting loved ones. Our attempts to help may have been received with gratitude or irritation, but we looked to the higher good, consistently providing the best possible care. Troubles did not stop us, because we were serving our Lord in all we did.

Looking back, we’ll see the value of those daily blessings. But their best value may still be coming, as we’ll share that Jesus was the one who kept us faithful. His strength kept us moving in the right direction. The real righteousness was always His, never our own.

When our caregiving is done, we’ll want to help others see Christ in all the work we did.

Today's Prayer:

When people look at me, Lord, help them to clearly see Your love in action.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts

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