Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! Phillippians 4:4
Prior to attending nursing school, I was required to take three academic science courses: Biology, Microbiology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Although a letter grade of “C” was considered passing, the School of Nursing required a “B” or above for entry into their program.
The college offered regular science courses and pre-nursing science courses that were limited to applicants who received conditional acceptance to the nursing program based on the pass criteria. There were many individuals who missed the mark by 1-2 points to which their response was that the nursing school enforced an unfair acceptance policy. Regardless of the many complaints, 25 years later, the policy remains steadfast.
Recently we received an unexpected blessing. The surgeon who performed my husband’s initial dental procedure conveyed that a second surgery was required due to the inability to predict the healing of the bones in our bodies. As we listened, my thoughts wandered on our dental insurance and the cap on the allowable annual benefits; the second surgical procedure would utilize all of the remaining benefits, and we would have out of pocket expenses.
During the appointment, in spite of the letdown, we chatted about leaving the Northeast to get away from the bitter winters and the fact that we were expecting temperatures in the 20s for the weekend. At that point, the Doctor shared his history of relocating to Texas for similar reasons. We laughed and admitted that we had grown accustomed to the warm climate that living in Texas offers.
The blessing is that my husband’s second surgery was performed “free of charge.” I will not analyze the “how or why” of the gift that God blessed us with.
After reading the 4th chapter of Philippians, I have a much clearer understanding of the pre-requisites that God has for those of us who desire Eternal life.
1. Be Full of joy!
2. Possess Gentleness aka Kindness.
3. Have thoughts which are true, honorable, pure, and worthy of praise.
As Christian believers, we represent the human aspect of the love of Jesus Christ. When we are faced with disappointments, and the challenges of life, God still expects us to possess joy, and exhibit a kind and gentle disposition at all times.
Challenge for today: Rate yourself on the Gentleness Scale: Poor, Fair, Good, or Excellent.
Verse for today: Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. Philippians 4:5 Good News Translation
Prayer for today: Dear God, I have failed the pre-requisites that I must possess in my character. I ask forgiveness for the times that I have mistreated others. I am asking for your help as I do my part in becoming a gentle and loving Christian. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz