Are You Making It Better?

This is an excerpt from a recent Daily Hope video. You can find all these videos and more on YouTube by searching “Brandon Cannon, Daily Hope.”

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Galatians 5:13

Have you ever had surgery? I have. It was not the most fun experience in my life but I learned a valuable lesson from those who helped me prepare. The morning of the surgery, I arrived early and started talking to a nurse who was tasked with doing all my paperwork. I did not envy her job of going through all those details with someone at 4:30am in the morning and apparently neither did she. Apparently she was having a really bad day and my mere presence was making it worse. By the time I left her office, I was starting to think I had done something wrong just by waking up. To be fair, I don’t blame this lady. Working in the medical field has to be extremely stressful. Those who are somehow connected to the surgical part of the industry see people on one of the most stressful days of their lives. There is no telling who she had already had to deal with before I entered the room. Either way, she had a job to do but it wasn’t much fun for either of us.

After leaving her room, I went into the pre-op area where I met another nurse. However, this time, the interaction couldn’t have been more different. This nurse was a breath of fresh air. She asked if I had ever had surgery before. I honestly said this was my first and hopefully only one. She noticed my anxiety and said she was going to do everything she could to make it as enjoyable as possible, considering the circumstances. She did just that. She started telling me jokes, she answered every question I had in detail, she told me stories about her family, and even did magic tricks as a distraction while they inserted the IV. The result was that I actually had a good time while being poked, prodded, and stuck with various needles, and medical devices. By the time I went into surgery, I was actually disappointed to leave. 

What was the lesson I learned the day? I learned that I don’t have to make the effort to try and impact someone’s life. However, it could be a really good idea. Both of those nurses had a job to do. Neither of their jobs were to make me feel good or at ease with the impending surgery. However, one of them stuck to her job description and the other chose to make a difference. 

What about you? Is there a chance where you can go above and beyond to make a difference today? What if you did? One of the greatest ways to live with hope is to share hope with others. Give it a try today and see how it goes. 

Action Steps: 

  • I will actively look for ways to spread hope.
  • I will see people around me as a chance to love not a task to manage. 

Prayer Starter: 

“Thank you, God, for the opportunity to live in the hope you have given me and share it with others.”

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