You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.—DEUTERONOMY 6:5 ESV
Nutrition experts tell us to eat whole-grain breads because they’re better for us. While white bread tastes good and is often easier to chew, it doesn’t carry the whole-wheat loaf’s nutrition.
Eating white bread is the physical version of loving God with only part of our hearts. Spiritually, we need the sustenance of a wholehearted faith; a deep, fruitful commitment that encompasses all our lives. We need to feed our minds with the Word, our hearts with an intimate relationship with Christ, and our spirits with prayer.
God is most gracious. He understands when caregiving keeps us from church—and He doesn’t look poorly upon us. But that doesn’t mean our faith life should die out entirely. Can we get someone to help out while we go to an evening service? Can a spouse fill in twice a month while we enjoy Sunday worship? We need to meet with God’s people. If that is utterly impossible, do we make the most of other methods that feed our souls?
Caregiving itself can be a school of faith, but are we supporting it by fellowship with saints? Let’s not live whitebread lives when we can enjoy whole wheat.