A couple of days ago, I stopped at the pharmacy to pick up some of my medication. Stapled to the bag was information about one prescription causing some people to have a vitamin B12 deficiency. My first thought was, did my last blood-work show a deficiency? I knew my B12 was okay. Then, I thought when am I due to have blood-work done again so I can have my doctor check my B12 along with everything else? My blood-work is due in a couple of months. So, I threw the paper away.
While thinking about something else, the informative paper about B12 came to mind this morning. I started asking myself questions about my thought process. How did I know to trust this information? Why wasn’t my first thought to think the pharmacy was just trying to get me to buy vitamin B12 at their store? I started this internal conversation about my pharmacist; I even envision him in my mind. Some of my answers were easy because I know a few of my pharmacist characteristics. One is he’s trustworthy. He has an ethical and moral consciousness. I don’t know how many years he’s been a pharmacist, but he has been filling my prescriptions for about 14 years. If you are getting the idea, I based my thought process on the reliability of the source it came from; you would be right. I trust and respect my pharmacist’s education and experience.
Another question came to mind besides his ethical and moral consciousness; why else would he share this information? I believe he cares about me, to go further, I believe he cares about our community. Several people at this point would think she’s overthinking it. Remember, I said while I was thinking about something else when this informative paper came to mind. Maybe, it’s because I am a Christian, and I believe God helps us to understand more complex things with familiar things. My pharmacist is also a Christian, and one of my Elders (church leaders). Did this fact alter my reasoning? Well, he was my pharmacist before I became a Christian. To a point, I trusted him because of his education and experience. When I became a Christian, my trust and respect grew to include a Christian view of care and Christian love for him. As I watched him as a leader in my church and in our community, I learn how to rely on his counsel more than ever before. I found myself with similar compassion and love that he has. My heart breaks over some of the issues that break his and the other church leaders’ hearts. My compassion and love reaches out just as his does for the community we live in. I’m trying to follow his and other leaders’ examples by using my education and experiences to inform our community. It is my hope that by demonstrating compassion, grace, love, and all the godly things that compel me to act, our community will change its thought process and realize that Churches/Christians can stand in unity with Christ-like behavior.
John 13:15- 17 (NIV), I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.