cartoon: codependent care-giver

cartoon: codependent care-giver

Jesus said, "Take up your cross and follow me!" He didn't say take up everyone's. This is the danger every care-giver faces, including pastors. They either take up other people's crosses, or some people are very pleased to burden you with their own. Many care-givers can't resist the temptation to take on other people's problems. In 1977 I read a line in a book by Easum and Bandy called, Growing Spiritual Redwoods:
We found that thriving churches shun codependent relationships.
I found some of the comments on my post on building community interesting. I think all communities tend towards being dysfunctional and codependent. But I also believe that this must be resisted at all costs. Even a healthy community will exhibit some dysfunction and codependence sometimes. But a healthy community will not allow these to become permanent features of itself. On another note: What about the care-giver's own cross? Is he or she allowed to have his or her own cross? I find it interesting that people are allowed to have their own crosses, but often care-givers, including pastors, can't appear to have one. Or if they do, they're not to show it. Care-givers are often expected to have conquered their own crosses in order to carry the crosses of others. That's just not real. You can buy prints of my cartoons from my cartoon gallery. I have an open image terms of use policy. Please join my newsletter.

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