Recently I got myself through the classes and state testing to become a STNA/CNA (state tested nurse aide/certified nurse aide). It was not what I really wanted to do, but everything pointed to my needing to find work of some kind (like unemployment ran out and I still hadn’t managed to find a job). So, I busted my butt, managed to hold a 98% through the class and I was state tested and now I’m listed in the state registry.
I found a job very quickly, actually had several job offers, before taking one nearby. Now, starting into my 8th week, I see that this is a job that is a calling, a true ministry. The people that love it, are the best of the best. Those that don’t like it I have no idea why they do the job because it sure isn’t for the paycheck. Barely above minimum wage in most cases. I know aides, really good ones, who have done this for 15+ years and don’t make $15 an hour. You do this job to make a difference in the lives of those who most need us.
The individuals are elderly, some are just older but not ‘old’, but all are there because on some level they cannot care for themselves. Dementia or injury, or just the old age taking its toll has left the majority in wheel chairs and diapers. They cannot dress themselves, feed themselves, use the bathroom, or shower themselves. The amount of care varies but we don’t get much if any down time during our shifts.
When I first started school I prayed, a lot, about this career choice. And in clinicals. And every day since I started working I go in and pray on the way and often through the halls, that God would let me see these sweet souls as He sees them. That I could be a vessel to show His love to them, be hands and feet for Him to them. I find I love them all, and really do love what I do. Money is nice, but coming home at the end of a long day knowing I made a difference is worth more than anything I get paid.
The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideshis sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I wasnaked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’