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Chap Chats: Take Time to Refuel

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Throughout the week, I get the opportunity to travel to each of our five core Home Instead offices. My mode of transportation is my car, which features a warning light when I’m running low on fuel. When the warning light flashes, I know I have one of two options.

My first option is to ignore the warning and keep on driving. If you’re like me, you learned this lesson the hard way. One time, I borrowed my parents’ car, and I made the foolish decision to ignore the warning light. Sure enough, I ran out of gas miles from home! With no other option — we didn’t have smartphones then — I made the lonely roadside walk to the nearest refueling station, borrowed gas can in tow. To top it off, I’m sure the passersby had a good laugh at my expense.

The second option when seeing the low-gas light is to heed the warning and pull the car into the nearest gas station to refuel the tank. When we heed to wisdom, we always come out better in the end.

To be healthy in body, mind and spirit, we need to keep our tanks full. We do this by taking responsibility to care for ourselves and maintaining a healthy balance. Reading through the Gospels, you will see that we are not alone in the issue of refueling. In fact, Jesus had to stay balanced by taking the necessary steps to care for himself, mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually.

How did He do this? In Mark 1:35, we read about Jesus needing to refuel his tank and the action he took in response, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Man_Praying.png

If you are in a place in life where it seems like the fuel tank’s warning light is flashing, I encourage you to heed the wisdom of Jesus and recharge, through these three steps:

1. Find a time: Schedule a time each day for yourself.
2. Find a place: Select a place where you won’t be distracted, where you can be alone with God and where you can collect your thoughts.
3. Find your source of strength.

When we look to God, we find an endless fuel source. He tells us in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

About the Author
As our Corporate Chaplain, Sheldon Miles serves as, what he calls, “an emotional and spiritual first responder.” His primary responsibilities include encouraging the weary, providing care sessions for the discouraged, and reinforcing Love (v) with our CAREGivers and support staff. 

When asked what Love (v) means to him, Sheldon said, “Love (v) is not about what you get to receive but about what you get to give. It’s about living your life and following the model given to us by the greatest Love (v) teacher who ever lived …” To that point, Sheldon cited John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down his life for his friends.”

In addition to advocating Love (v) to others, Sheldon walks the walk. He outwardly displays our eight Attributes of Love (v) in his daily interactions with our CAREGivers and support staff, who are invited and encouraged to reach out to him to discuss personal and professional matters that may be weighing on their hearts and minds, from marital issues and financial matters to workplace conflicts and even the loss of a client.

Sheldon comes to Home Instead with 25+ years of experience in the pastoral ministry, most recently serving at a local church in De Pere, Wis. He and his wife have two grown children, both of whom live out of state pursuing burgeoning careers. In their free time, Sheldon and his wife enjoy spending time together outdoors and staying active; in fact, Sheldon has competed in 12 marathons … and counting!


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