Thursday, 4 August 2011

Difficult people...

I've already referred to a wonderfully helpful talk that John Stott gave in 2006 reflecting upon his many years of Christian ministry. I can't help but make comparisons with the challenge that faces me daily in my work as a GP. Not all patients are likeable, some are ungrateful, and a few are downright awkward. Many are just a little wearying.  But Stott's reflections upon the words of the apostle Paul recorded in Acts 20.28, Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood, are so thoughtful,
'If the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are all committed to care for the people entrusted to us, should we not be committed to their care as well?'
Although the patients on my list are not exactly my 'flock', as a follower of Christ myself, and believing that God has placed his image in all men and women, I do have a similar responsibility.

Stott goes on,
'When I see 'difficult' people queuing up to speak to me after my sermon, I speak to them before that reach me, in my mind
"What a precious person you are. How valuable you are to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a privilege for me to be involved in your care."
I find this extememly effective. it changes my attitude towards them immediately...I recommend it to you.'
And so to tomorrow's busy surgery....


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