God, work and rewards

reward_coins“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Tim. 6:18 (NIV)

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We give control over to God by releasing to Him our worries and our frustrations. We also give control to God by submitting our rewards to Him.

Overall, medicine is a financially rewarding profession. We can become frustrated with declining reimbursements, but you never hear about a starving physician who can’t support his or her family.

So what does it mean to give God control over our rewards in medicine?

In todays verse Paul tells Timothy to command his church to be rich in good deeds. Clearly the practice of medicine includes good deeds, but did Paul mean only that we as physicians should practice good quality medicine?

I believe Paul meant that…and something more.

For Christian physicians I believe it means in part not always expecting to be paid for our services. I recognize that increasingly, physicians are not working for themselves, but for hospitals or professional corporations. While this often makes it more difficult to provide free or reduced fee care to patients, there may be alternatives.

During contract negotiation, you could consider lessening your salary in exchange for extra time to volunteer at a local free clinic, or the ability to exclude certain patients from collection should they be unable to pay their bill.

Seek the Lord’s wisdom, and there may be other creative ways to give Him control of some of your rewards…

Prayer: Lord, show me how to be wise with my rewards.

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