Lessons Learned on the Journey

An Unhurried Cup of Coffee

I asked a man from Germany what he missed most while living in the United States. He replied, “I miss sitting unhurried at a café and drinking coffee with friends. Now I get my coffee at…

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Responding in the Present

A friend once said that many times she thinks so far ahead and worries so much about what might happen in the future that she misses the joys and opportunities presented to her in the "here and…

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Hearing Impaired

A blind physician colleague once said to me, "I would rather be blind than deaf." I was taken aback . . . could that be? He explained further by saying that even though he is blind, he can…

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The End is Coming

Does it feel like the end of the world is coming? What am I to do? Horde my money? Vote for someone who I think will solve my problems? The apostle Peter, near the end of his life, suggested that…

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See One, Do One, Teach One

In medical school, books and lectures were only the beginning. Learning to practice medicine was never left to didactics alone. The dictum “See one, do one, teach one” was the method used…

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First Responders

In emergency medicine those who are first on the scene for heart attacks, strokes, and other life threatening problems are called first responders. They need to be called, however, before they can…

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He is Everywhere

Our boss caught us loafing! We always worked hard in his presence, but sometimes we were not as diligent in our work when he wasn’t around - the true confessions of my work experience on a…

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Change My Heart

The song “Change my heart, O Lord; make me ever new” is occasionally sung in my prayers much differently, “Change my life circumstances, O Lord; make me more comfortable.” It…

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Belief – Actions

I used to enjoy teaching resident doctors the art of medicine – how to communicate to patients, showing them kindness and compassion. However, this caused me to pause when I considered my heart…

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God’s Demands vs My Desires

"I grew up on a reservation in South Dakota, filled with resentment and anger toward the white man." These were the words of a man sitting next to me at a banquet. He shared with me that…

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