In his book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains”, Nicholas Carr researches the impact the Internet is having on our ability to think and retain information. One of his findings is that the Internet has promoted the rapid, distracted reading of small amounts of information that interferes with our ability to concentrate, retain information, and think deeply about issues.
His research certainly applies to us as Christian physicians seeking to live committed lives for Christ in the age of the Internet. We must be careful not to allow our thinking to become shallow when it comes to our walk with God. This is especially important as we face difficult ethical issues in our practice of medicine. Issues for which the world may seem to have easy answers that contradict Scripture.
Such issues require careful thought and prayer.
In this verse, Paul famously instructs Timothy to do his best to present himself to God as a worker who has lived his life well. The Greek word translated “do your best” actually means to be zealous! Paul is telling Timothy to zealously work to present himself to God as an approved worker.
The implication of the word “approved” in this verse is a worker who has in some way been tested or been through a trial. It brings with it the idea that our work for the Lord will not be without struggles, especially if we begin to take unpopular stands regarding issues such as abortion.
God will allow those struggles to test and mold our character.
Through trials and tribulations in our work for the Lord, our character develops strength and resiliency. We move from a self-centered perspective to an other-centered perspective.
Paul reminds Timothy and us, that we must zealously seek to present ourselves to God, approved as a worker with no need to feel ashamed. We do that by standing up for Biblical values as physicians in an increasingly unbiblical world…even if it means going through difficult trials.
Prayer: Lord, help me in this increasingly distracting world to take the time to study and deeply apply Your word to my life.