About 18 years ago, I called the physician recruiting department of a small, community hospital in Concord, NC. I was blessed to speak with a wonderful lady (who shall remain nameless as she is now a close family friend) and she was instrumental in recruiting me and numerous other physicians to this area. That team of doctors and small hospital served this town and surrounding communities for many years. Times change, and that sweet lady left her position, along with many of the physicians she recruited.
I must say, I was taken a bit by surprise when just as I was starting to make Trinity Ob/Gyn a reality to better serve my patients, this same sweet lady called and asked me for a favor. She knew a set of identical twin nursing students who wanted to gain some experience volunteering at my new office. I must admit, my first thoughts revolved around how busy I was and how I just didn’t know if I’d have the time. However, I have always enjoyed teaching the art of medicine, and feeling a sense of indebtedness to this kind soul, I said yes. So it came to be that the good Lord blessed my office with Anna and Allison Ashbaugh for the last three months.
The first day my wife and I met them, we knew we had made the right decision. They fit in immediately and their smiles were contagious. Their work ethic restored my faith in the younger generation. They ran errands, made copies, answered phones, scheduled appointments, ran check-in/ check-out, assisted with patient needs, and performed so many office tasks I can’t possibly name them all. The amazing thing is, they did all this while thanking me the entire time for helping them.
I have no doubt Christ brought these two young ladies to my new practice at a time when I needed their energy and enthusiasm. My patients fell in love with them. They won the hearts of both my staff and the staff of Renaissance Plastic Surgery. I have never met a more shining example of Christ-like service.
The Bible is full of proof that Jesus Christ came as a servant. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus himself says “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” I encourage you to also read Chapter 13 in the gospel of John and notice that as Jesus washed his disciple’s feet he was also teaching them the importance of serving God, serving each other, and serving all people by taking them His message of salvation.