Monday, July 31, 2017

Strange People

Have you ever looked at someone else, who seemed a little strange to you and were tempted to criticize that person; or God forbid, make fun of them? I’m pretty sure that all of us have found him or herself in this situation.

Recently I was visiting a friend in the hospital, and while there, I decided to start “people watching”. This is a great way to help develop a character or even several characters for a story.

Anyway, there was this one nurse that came in and introduced herself, even extending her hand in an offer of friendship. Then she proceeded to completely erase the “Patient Care” board. This board gives the patient’s name, the attending nurse for that shift, along with the attending tech.

Additionally, the board tells things about the patient: (i.e.) whether the patient is allowed to eat or drink; the patient’s meds; how often meds at to be administered, etc. Actually, there are over a dozen different things, relative to the patient and the staff listed on this board. Usually, the nurse for that particular shift will usually just erase the last nurse’s name and replace it with their own. But not this nurse; everything had to be erased and re-written by her. Also, as she is doing this, she is explaining that she is OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), everything has to be ‘just so’ and they must make it that way, or they can’t function well.

I later chuckled to my friend about how each of us struggles to exist in a world with unnumbered rules and regulations; a world with so many different functions that must be performed by people, and yet each of us struggles with our own malfunctions (depression, anxiety, rejection, control, passivity, etc.)  trying to function properly in a dysfunctional world.

It reminded me of an old saying, which most of you have probably heard or read before. “There is so much good in the worst of us; and so much bad in the best of us; that it hardly behooves any of us, to talk about the rest of us.”

Truer words were never spoken; the incident with the nurse reminded me, once again, to be patient with everybody and not to judge anyone. We are all crippled; we all need help of some kind, or from someone. Therefore, I concluded that it is only in the eyes of God that we can be seen as perfect and that only, if we have accepted Jesus as our personal savior, and God is looking at Christ’s merits and attributing to our account – imputed righteousness.

Thank God for Jesus! Until next time, be kind to everyone that you meet and it will come back to you.

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