My dermatology colleague turned to our admissions committee and shared some insights about his interviews with the recent applicants who applied to our residency program.
“Whenever I meet an applicant, I ask them, ‘What would you like us to know about you that you did not include in your personal statement or application?’ “ He then proceeded to read their answers. Most were polite and safe but a few stood out. One applicant stated they would like us to know what it would be like for all of us to be in the same place as a patient who did not have access to health care because of racial inequality, poverty, or lack of education. It was a sobering and insightful answer. We all agreed this applicant was someone we would strongly consider for our residency program.
How would I answer this question? I have a debt that can never truly be repaid. I was fortunate to have graduated from high school and college and go on to graduate school and obtain a medical degree. My parents sacrificed their time and finances for me but never held this over my head. They simply supported me and asked me to do my best. I do not take for granted what I received and I know I am very privileged. Only by using my training to help others who are unable to help themselves and mentoring the next generation of physicians will I be able to honor my parents and their support of me.
…When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
Luke 12:48 (NLT)
When I became a Christian, I learned a new meaning for receiving an unpayable debt. God sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for my sins and all sins that have ever been committed or will be committed by humanity. Such a punishment is incomprehensible to our limited human minds. Only an omnipotent God could receive such torture and perform this miracle. Only an all loving and merciful God would sacrifice His only Son on our behalf. It is a debt that can never be repaid by our own actions. God took the initiative to save us. The beautiful Truth is that by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we will receive salvation and eternal life.
We honor God for the debt that He paid by telling the Good News to others who do not know Him and by living a life that allows others to see Jesus Christ within us.
My unpayable debt has been paid for; I would like the entire world to know who did it.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.