The medical director of a large and successful dermatology group in San Francisco called me the other day. My name had been given as a reference for one of my former dermatology residents who was seeking a job with their practice. Although the phone call began amicably, there was a notable hesitation in her voice as she asked questioned the depth of the relationship I had with her new applicant. She was concerned that as a dermatopathologist, I did not have enough direct exposure to his clinical skills. I knew how to remedy the situation.
“Dr. Smith, “ I began. “I want to reassure you that I have observed his clinical skills and they are excellent. In fact, he even treated me when I slammed my ring finger in my car door. All of the other residents gathered around him as he demonstrated how to use a hyfrecator to relieve the pressure of the blood building up below my nail. He performed a digital nerve block and expertly drained the blood. He has a vast amount of experience because he worked with a hand surgeon before he entered his dermatology residency. I have complete confidence in his clinical skills and his rapport with patients is superb. In fact, I send my family to him!”
That did it! She laughed and exclaimed, “Well, that is a great reference! You and your family!” She was relieved and shared, “We interviewed several people for this position but he is the leading candidate. I am sure your recommendation will seal the deal!”
When I am willing to trust my life and the welfare of my own family members with this physician, it sent a clear message about the degree of trust I placed in him. It was more than enough to convince this physician recruiter to trust my judgment and recommendation.
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26 (NKJV)
My relationship with Jesus Christ is no different. I can chose to place my confidence in my education, my diplomas, my awards, and my job. The world proclaims that these are all worthy endeavours and should be worthy objects of our desires. My patients and other physicians place their trust in my background and credentials to render a correct diagnosis. This is all very important. But the most important object of our trust should be the eternal destination of our souls.
I choose to place my trust in Jesus Christ. I acknowledge and appreciate the background I have to reach this point in my life. But what good is it if I gain the world but lose my soul? If my treasure is contained in worldly possessions and positions, my soul will also be submerged in these worldly pursuits.
I, and my family, place our trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We seek to allow God to use our lives to point others to Jesus Christ.
I pray that our example may encourage everyone to place their trust in Him.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.