Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lessons from Nursing School

In honor of being halfway done with nursing school clinicals (!!!), I want to share some things I have learned while at clinical this semester.

- Everyone has a story. Take the time to listen to it. You may be the only one who does.

- There are a lot of hopeless people in this world. Including San Diego. Show them hope.
"God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27

- Jesus Christ is the only Hope.
"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him." Psalm 62:5

- Life can change in an instant. One minute you are working for Cal Trans on the side of the road, and the next, you are paralyzed with a metal halo on your head.

- Be thankful for every moment. God works in those moments.
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him." Matthew 3:16

- Everyone needs to be encouraged. Even the man who talks to himself on the street corner. I met him. He needs encouragement. And someone to love him.
"Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak." Acts 13:15

- Life can get so hurried. Minutes turn quickly into hours, which slip into days. Slow down. There isn't much good that comes from hurrying.

- Thank God for every breath. Not much good comes from complaining. Everything good comes from loving, encouraging, praising, thanking, and listening. Use every breath wisely.
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Psalm 150:6

- Things aren't always what they seem. Resist judgment based on assumptions.
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37

- It's all about the love.
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22: 36-40

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