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Recently, I visited one of our Home Instead franchise locations to introduce the Chaplain Assistance Program. In my presentation to the group of new CAREGivers, I explained that the purpose of a chaplain is to be a “first responder” for those who are mentally, emotionally and spiritually weary. With that comes the responsibilities of “faith encourager,” “hope reminder” and “Love (v) teacher” for this great company.

Further into my presentation, a CAREGiver spoke up and asked, "To whom do you go?"

I admit that I was a bit taken aback by her question.

But what she was kindly asking me was, “Whom do I seek when my mental, emotional or spiritual ‘tank’ has gone dry?” To_Whom_Do_You_Go.jpg

Not many people have asked me that before, but what an empathetic and timely question! Turns out, I was going through some things in my life that were draining me. I thought about her question for a few more seconds, and, without trying to “super spiritualize” my answer, I responded simply, “The CEO.” You see, God is our CEO here at Home Instead Green Bay.

As a young man growing up in a troubled home, someone taught me how God encourages us to invite Him into our personal struggles. Jesus speaks to all of us when He says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28 NLT).

In other words, whenever we’re carrying a heavy load in life or dealing with something we weren’t meant to shoulder, we can feel confident and comfortable going to Him for the strength that only He can give. I love this truth about our CEO.

So, my question for you today is: When your load is too heavy to bear yourself, to whom do you go?

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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