A basket of cases sits in my laboratory designated T.I.Q.-an acronym for Test In Question. This is a laboratory term that designates a specimen that has questionable or incomplete demographic information. The most common reasons include a name discrepancy, insufficient insurance documentation, or questionable medical history. Regardless, the immediate task for the staff is to contact the referring physician’s office and resolve the problem so there is no delay in processing the specimen and delivering it to me so I may render a diagnosis. Thus, it was shocking for me to discover that the basket contained over a week’s worth of T.I.Q. cases. I called a quick meeting of the four employees whose task it was to resolve these cases. I needed to understand how this happened. The answer was revealing.
“We thought someone else was going to do it.”
It was completely unacceptable.
In our jobs or in social situations, we may be so consumed with completing our own tasks that if there is a collective group task, we may assume that someone else will get to it. In reality, this is what all of the other people are thinking and unless the task is assigned, it may never be completed. God wisely gives us directions in this sensitive area.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
In these perilous times of a worldwide pandemic, it is imperative that everyone step up and be willing to go beyond their assigned or perceived tasks and duties to assist one another. The law of Christ is to love the Lord God with all our hearts, mind, soul, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. The second follows the first. If we truly love God, we will be more than willing to take another’s burdens out of gratitude to the love, grace, and mercy for what Jesus Christ has done for all believers who have placed their faith and trust in Him.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.