I’m Third

God first, others second, I’m Third. This is the motto my kids were taught when they went to Camp Kanakuk during the summers. “I’m third” goes without saying when you’re a caregiver! It seems we’re always doing everything for everyone except ourselves! By serving others with the right heart, we will receive blessings beyond measure.

God first: The first thing I do when I open my eyes in the morning is pray. I thank God for my blessings and ask Him to help me be a blessing to others. God gives me the peace and strength I need to get though the day.

Others Second: Then I set about my daily routine of caring for my husband, my children, my friends and my business. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35 (NKJV) By giving to others I am blessed with a sense of meaning and purpose.

I’m Third: Today I bought a fern and placed it on a sideboard on my patio. In the morning when I sit outside to have my coffee, I will look at it and enjoy its beauty. I will feel a sense of accomplishment because I finally crossed that off my list. It will remind me that life goes on and needs to be nourished!

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)

We know that God loves a cheerful giver! Don’t go through a day without doing at least one nice thing for yourself, even if you’re third!

From my heart,

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell CareLiving.org Alzheimer's Blog - God First