This video might have gotten a little dust in my eye.
I think it’s great when the people that work in hospitals and other places that are normally cold and merely functional go out of their way to make a patient’s life a little brighter.
At the age of five, I had major surgery — heart stopping surgery. I got through it fine even though the odds weren’t good and I’ve been blessed to not have any complications from it.
The memories from the surgery are some of my first that are the most vivid, even though they are few in number. I remember being wheeled back to the operating room and the surgeon asking if I wanted to watch. I did, but apparently they’d already applied the anesthesia because I told him I was too sleepy to watch.
Then I remember recovering in the ICU, having tubes in my stomach to drain blood from my chest cavity. I remember the searing pain when the nurse came to roll the tubes to help the blood flow better. I also remember distinctly that she didn’t seem to care that she was hurting me.
The other memories I have are of receiving Doogan, the stuffed dog that was bigger than me at the time (and is still close to my size) and how sweet the nurses were once I was out of intensive care, especially in comparison to the lady that was rolling my tubes.
They, like the hospital staff in the video went the extra mile to make sure I had a pleasant experience and made an indelible impression on me. I witnessed first hand the two extremes of care that a hospital can give and I can vouch that having a servant’s heart is just as important as all their medical knowledge.
Christ instructs his disciples to have that same servant’s heart. We get the phrase “go the extra mile” from His instruction in Matthew 5. In Jesus’s time, the Romans were allowed to conscript someone to carry their load for a mile. Once that mile was up, the conscript was free to leave. Jesus is trying to teach a principle of the heart. Be eager even for your enemies (the Romans were no friends to the Jews,) to go above and beyond what’s required.
We are also supposed to do this with kindness and without grumbling.
1 Peter 4:9
New King James Version
Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
Think of the indelible impressions we could make if we treated everyone the way those nurses treated my five year old self, or if we thought of how we can help others in ways that make a significant impact on their lives like the people with the Superformula.
This “Superformula” that they use? We should have it in spades.
What’s a time that someone has shown you kindness that left an indelible mark on your heart?