The Example of Christ
15 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Something I’ve noticed over these last 9 years is God always hears my prayers. Always. But the ones He answers yes to the most often? The ones I pray for others.
Saturday before work I prayed to remember to show up there to serve the patients, to serve my coworkers, to serve my OR, to love on them no matter what, to forget about what I want.
I arrived at work just as the last cases were finishing. On these occasions I usually coast until the night shift nurse shows up at 7pm at which time I go home. But I worked my whole shift and didn’t do one case. Instead I picked 8 cases for Monday. It was so busy Friday the cases didn’t get picked. Imagine what happens when this occurs on a daily basis. It’s like a traffic jam that never seems to clear up.
Did I want to pick case? No. We have a team who does it. I appreciate them so much! They work hard doing a task I do not enjoy. I am so grateful for them! Nevertheless, I prayed to serve my coworkers. This is what they needed. I did it for them.
Now before you all go thinking I’m awesome, don’t! There was a lot of sighing and grumbling involved. I really don’t like picking cases. This felt sacrificial. It cost me something. It felt like the day was never going to end. But it did. Monday there were at least 8 cases that were mostly put together to save someone else time and I didn’t hear any complaints! Small miracle!
Let the transformation continue Jesus.
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