Love is Where You Leave it – experiences in the hospital over the Christmas holidays.
Over the course of the last 45 days I have undergone two surgeries and spent a total of 8 days in the hospital. I just returned from a five day stay. A month of discomfort from the first surgery and then, due to a lingering infection, a repeat operation that seemed to also be in trouble.
During my time in a hospital bed I had plenty of time. At times I was tempted to complain about my situation. I chose to have the first surgery but I did not sign up for infection or continuing pain. I was also separated from my family and friends during a special time of the year.
Aside from the fact that I am extremely fortunate to have excellent insurance and live in a country where health care is available, I was privileged to spend time with some very patient and caring professionals who voluntarily spent long hours caring for me and my needs (and the needs of many others, as well). The physicians, nurses, and support personnel at the North Oaks Medical Center were almost universally world class.
Rather than complain, I have much for which to be grateful.
First, my case is improving, I was released today and I can now enjoy Christmas with my family. I am confident of a positive outcome. Second, I learned to better appreciate the talents and sacrifices that medical professionals make – every day. Third, I came to recognize that I have dear friends that intercede for me in prayer. Finally, I found love in the new friends that I met while locked in a gloomy hospital room.
Proverbs 18:24 (KJV)
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
There is just too much complaining in our world today.
People with a “victim mentality” seem to feel that everything and everyone works against them. And their attitude is contagious. Spend a few minutes with such people and you start to agree with them. But I am not a victim!
I am a VICTOR!! Christ lives in me and when I allow His love to shine out of me, the negativity is replaced by joy. Joy that comes from making new friends and sharing life with others. (Read more about this topic here.)
Would you join me in a different kind of Christmas celebration? Instead of fretting about material things, let us show ourselves friendly and hopeful and happy! Let the true spirit of Christmas (sacrificing self for the good of others) explode from us onto everyone we meet.