As Physicians, it is easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking that our success and ability in medicine is solely the result of our hard work and study. While hard work and study have certainly been part of the process, we can easily forget that it is the Lord who has given us the ability to undertake that hard work and study. It is the Lord who put the right circumstances in place that allowed us to apply to medical school and receive our education. Whatever gifts we possess that enhance our ability to practice medicine, we received from God. All that we are or ever will be is a result of what God has done for us.
We need to be reminded of this on a regular basis, so that we don’t develop a sense of pride thinking we are responsible for our success. Instead, we should develop a sense of humility by recognizing that who we are is only by the grace of God.
We may begin to manifest this pride in hidden and subtle ways. For instance do we begin to think that as a physician, we are more qualified than others to serve in a leadership position in our church? Do we, because of higher giving to the church, begin to think that we deserve a special treatment from the pastor in regards to our specific concerns?
We are the product of God’s work, which was accomplished in Christ Jesus, not the product of our own work. As such, we have no right to take any special pride in any of our accomplishments because they arise out of what God has done in us.
The simple attitude of thankfulness helps us maintain this sense of humility. If God is blessing your professional career, give Him thanks continually for that blessing. Perhaps God has allowed a struggle to enter your life and part of the reason for that struggle is to help keep you humble. Give thanks for the growth that you will experience as a result of that struggle.
Prayer: Lord help me remember that all that I have, I have received from you. Amen