“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
Is it time to see the doctor? Have you been waiting for what seems to be an eternity? It’s time to get a doctor’s advice! Luke the Physician has a few words to say about success. Luke is known as “the beloved physician”
Luke pays special attention to prayer, he is also known as an Evangelist, and his heart was to heal the hurting.
To be successful in life we have to care for others. We need to pray and work to comfort and heal any area in the world that needs special attention. This is what a physician does. While many Christians have a variety of gifts and abilities this particular gift of compassion carries with it the greatest success. As we are healing the hearts of the sick and hurting, our life is renewed.
Luke’s key to success is in his heart. Our success depends on our heart condition also. In Luke chapter 10 we get a good look into a story that Luke finds important because he cares for people, as a good Physician is noted for. Let’s look as Luke tells the story that Jesus told, Luke 10:30-35:
“And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest by the way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And Likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
We see here that this is an important story and very relevant in our times, because this is happening now. All around the world there are people falling amongst thieves, spiritually the thief is Satan, but also physically and literally we hear and see these events in our time. Compassion for mankind is at the core of this story. As a successful leader we must have compassion for others. That’s what a Physician does and this is not restricted to them only.
“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.” ---Plato
We are all skilled physicians, each of us having our individual gifts of healing. Each one is activated by compassion.
Luke is known for many things, but compassion must be considered as his greatest gift.
So now you are waiting and perhaps your heart is heavy and even sick.
Healing others is our success
Healing yourself is connected to healing with others. – Yoko Ono
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. – Hippocrates
Our heart gets sick when we wait too long focusing on us!
While we wait, seek to heal others who are hurting.
The list below is just a few of American Physicians that have been highly successful because they went beyond the average physician:
- Charles Horace Mayo
One of the most famous doctors in America, Charles Mayo (July 19, 1865 - May 26, 1939) was one of the founder members of Mayo Clinic that is an internationally renowned non-profit medical organization headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota. Charles Mayo, along with his six partners, established the world's first integrated (Mayo Properties Association) group practice. It is said that in his lifetime, Charles Mayo registered one million patients.
- William James Mayo
William James Mayo (June 29, 1861 - July 28, 1939), elder brother of Charles Horace Mayo, was one of the founding members of Mayo Clinic. He joined his father's private medical practice after graduating from a medical school in 1880s. In 1919, this private practice came to be known as non-profit Mayo Clinic. William recounts an incident when his father had to perform an autopsy on a stormy night.
He was 16 years old and his father had taken him along. He stood there watching the procedure.
His father finished and had to rush to see another patient. He asked William to clean up and sew the incisions, tucking the sheet around the corpse. Instead of running away, William stood there and did what his father had asked him to do.
- William Osler Abott
William Osler (July 26, 1902 - September 10, 1943) was a well known physician of his time. His most known contribution was the development of Miller-Abbott tube that had two lumens – one ended in a small collapsible balloon whereas the other, was a metallic tip with numerous openings. He is often considered as the 'father of modern medicine.'
- Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician, often referred to as the 'world's most famous baby doctor.' He authored a book called Baby and Child Care in 1946, which is one of the bestsellers of all time.
His line for all mothers was, "You know more than you think you do." He was also the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis in order to understand the needs of children.
A good sportsperson, Dr Benjamin Spock was also an Olympic gold-medalist in rowing.
- Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) a medical researcher and virologist, is known for his work on the development of the first safe and efficient polio vaccine. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants but they left no stone unturned to make sure that he got the best of education.
Elliot P. Joslin
The first doctor in the United States to specialize in diabetes, Elliot Joslin (June 6, 1869 – January 28, 1962) was the founder of Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's largest diabetes research center. He stood for teaching patients to take care of their diabetes, the approach now known as Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME).
These were a few of the famous American doctors who not only made a difference in the United States, but throughout the whole world. Their significant contributions will always be remembered. This is success that made a huge impact in our world!
What if these physicians were like the Priest or the Levite in our story? When we choose to pass by we are passing up an opportunity to make a difference in the life of others.
Do you know that the same Good Samaritan that showed compassion was also on a journey and as he journeyed he came to this man. Luke 10:33 Suppose he said to the man, I’d really like to help you, but I have an appointment and it is critical that I am there on time. I’ll tell you what, I will pray for you and when I get into the city I will send some help.
When we take the extra time to go a little further with the right things, then we will be known as a difference maker and success will come to us.
Only a life lived for others, is a life worthwhile.
A successful person will always seek to make things better, whether an invention, cure, or just a kind word. These are all tools in the box of success.
What impact will your life have on the world, at home, or in your neighbor’s life?
How many smiles will you create? What will you do while you wait? Will you help the hurting to the healing gate?
As Abraham was the Father of nations, Luke was the Evangelist of nations. Physician and healer full of mercy, compassion and hope.
(Your name) M.D. of Compassion
Excerpt from 21 stones