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There is a passage in the Old Testament that has always stuck with me for some reason and it is found in the first book of Samuel. At the end of 1 Samuel 8 we have the scene of the people of Israel coming before Samuel and demanding a king so they could be like all the other nations. Samuel warns the people what desiring a king will do to them but they insist and ultimately God tells Samuel to obey the voice of the people and appoint a king over them despite the fact that it was a complete rejection of God’s kingship over them.
The next chapter picks up and introduces Saul. Saul and a servant are commanded by Saul’s dad to go find all of his donkey’s who have apparently wandered away. So, Saul and his servant go off and look all over the place in several different lands to try and find these donkeys but they are unsuccessful. They end up in the land of Zuph (wherever that is) and Saul is ready to give up and go home, but his servant says something very astute.
“But he [the servant] said to him [Saul], ‘There is a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in high honor; all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go’...So they went to the city where the man of God was.” 1 Samuel 9:6,10
That man was Samuel. One of the great prophets of God. So, Saul and his servant sought Samuel out because they heard he was a man of God. They knew he could help them and give them direction and advice even if it was something little as finding some donkeys. They knew Samuel had a worthy reputation so they sought him out.
That is how I want to live my life. I want to humbly live my life in such a way that people, colleagues, and patients will seek me out because I am trustworthy. I want that mentality to spill over into my clinic practice as well, not for prideful reasons but so the good news of Jesus and the gospel can be shared. And I hope you do as well. So, how can we begin to cultivate such a reputation? Here are 3 things I’ve thought about in building a humble, Godly reputation in your rehab workspace in order to be like Samuel.
Be dependable with a good work ethic. If we view our work as a means of worship then our attitude will be vastly different from the attitude of those around us. Indeed, the Bible is full of passages about working hard for the glory of God (Col. 3:23, Phil. 2:14-15, 1 Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:17). So remember to do every work task with excellence and heart not for the approval of your boss, colleagues, or others but solely for king Jesus. I think we will find that as we do that we will become trustworthy workers with a positive influence in the clinic, much like Daniel in Babylon or Joseph in Egypt.
Be knowledgeable and skillful in your field of PT. This boils down to being really good at what you do. Make sure you are taking continuing education courses that really improve your clinical decision making and interventions. Strive to be a clinician that other clinicians can come to if they have clinical practice questions. This requires humility to continue to learn, but I want to be a therapist that my patients and colleagues can seek out for truthful and helpful information.
Be open and honest about your faith walk. Hopefully, your patients understand that you are Christ follower because you are talking about church and spiritual things as opportunities present themselves. As people figure out that you are serious and genuine about your faith, they will begin to talk to you about it. I’ve had several patients come to me for advice on a myriad of topics because they knew that I was a Christ follower. It opens up great avenues to share the gospel and to pray with and for them. But if that is an area in which you feel you need some help or ideas, I would recommend you pick up a copy of “Rehab the World.” Chapter 2 contains some practical ideas to help you be more intentional with your faith conversations at work.
So what are you known for? What do you want to be known for? Reflect on those questions and pray that the Lord would humbly grow your faith, your attitude, your knowledge and skill, and your work ethic to reflect more of Christ’s love to the world in your rehab workspace. Let’s be Samuel’s in our rehab workspace this week!
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