As you may know, I have spent the last few months getting some hands-on work experience as a student nurse. It’s been an incredible journey already. The people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve lived through; the laughter mixed with tears have all made this chapter of my life so memorable. If there could be just one thing to take away from this entire journey, I would say that nursing isn’t just a job title. To become a nurse, an exceptional nurse, requires humility and longsuffering.
Movies and t.v shows will often show nurses working in a clinical setting with their stethoscope placed on their shoulders. In reality, nursing is not merely taking someone’s blood pressure, or listening to someone’s chest. It’s much more complex than that. Nursing is about placing someone elses’ needs above our own. It’s about swallowing our pride and humbling ourselves to be on someone else’s level.
The more opportunities I had to take care of someone through my schooling, I thought of Jesus and how humble of a servant He was. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross – Philippians 2:8
Nurses are given a special opportunity to love and care for others as a servant would his master. At the drop of a hat, or call bell, nurses respond to the call of someone in need. Jesus does this when you or I am in need. In fact, He makes Himself available 24/7, 365 days a year to all who are weary and in need of rest (Matthew 11:28)
Although nursing allows for the opportunity to care for others, there are so many other ways of displaying the love of Jesus. We can show our love and affection for others simply through bearing the fruit of the Spirit which includes love, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). We don’t need a title behind our name to effectively care for someone else. We just need Jesus to be the sole reason our heart’s beat and sing.
Question: What is your current position or role and how can you encorporate Chapter 2:8 from Phillipians into that job description? How can you find ways to humble yourself and become “obedient to the point of death”? How can you honor the Lord in your workplace?