Words of the Week – a catch-up

You will grow old. When you were young, you would go to institutions and gradually gather letters after your name: BA, MD, PhD. Now that you are old, you do the same thing, but they are different institutions and different letters. Your doctors will introduce you to their colleagues as “Mary Smith, COPD, PVD, ESRD, IDDM”. With each set of letters comes another decrease in quality of life.

From this essay, sad but too true. Reminding myself daily that behind each patient is a person, and that even behind all accomplishments and professional facades is a person too.

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“Choices will continually be necessary and — let us not forget — possible. Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.” (Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline)

From Mary Ann’s gchat status. Too often I have been deceived into thinking that my feelings are stronger than the Holy Spirit, or more important than obeying God’s loving will for me.

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 “You are not entering into a partnership. You are entering into a union. So forget that 50/50 split business; being in a union is about giving 100%.”

From R & E’s wedding. Lately God has been exposing to me my own self-centeredness and stinginess when it comes to truly meeting others’ needs at my own cost.

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I’ve got more but I’ll save them until Sunday. 🙂

 

 

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