Compliance

A81D3E8A-6396-454F-8A19-430D8F126432“Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Compliance

My friend in the insurance industry and I discussed the relatively recent emphasis on compliance in our respective businesses and concluded that all the associated added expenses of mandated compliance have added virtually nothing to society except excess costs. Certainly I have seen so much government regulation in healthcare that is just ridiculous, another byproduct of too many lawyers. We allow non-medical people to decide what is “good” medicine, which always requires excessive documentation, documenting what I call ”e-garbage”, instead of medically relevant facts. And I can’t imagine how we plan to save years of electronic health records, since computers have made it so easy to generate volumes and volumes of senseless information. Of course, the electronic health records are astronomically expensive and have accounted for an increase in medical error deaths. Finally, while we have compliance departments that make sure we practice “good” medicine, we have far too few “hands on” patient care staff. Literally patients can bleed to death without anyone noticing while in a hospital intensive care unit, while the hospital is being compliant.

Dogma

EEB9FDAC-AAD5-4A5A-A00C-EF18507D523A“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.””
‭‭John‬ ‭8:47‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dogma

My dogma comes from The Bible. Many seek to tear it apart, claiming that it is contradictory and full of errors. In my life, I have found that most of these people have not studied The Bible, not even reading a single version of the Bible. For the past 10 years, I have read many versions and studied it through various sources.(unfortunately I cannot understand the original languages) My efforts have lead me to much wisdom and understanding, but far from where I hope to be. Indeed there are many truths within this great book and I believe it is The Word of God. One of my favorite movies is Devil’s Advocate and it portrays our legal system in a way that parallels what is happening in many of our courts. As a scientist and physician, I question everything, so I encourage others to do the same. Don’t accept anything as dogma until you have thoroughly investigated, but don’t discount anything without that same level of scrutiny.

Discipline

A86EA21E-E32D-47A8-92E9-9D1643B8A4D5“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Discipline

Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior. Though many consider the negative connotations of the word because of harsh punishments that have often been utilized, it should be our intention to use discipline in a loving way to help others be their best selves. The word actually comes from the Latin word for pupil so indeed it was meant for instruction. Basic human psychology has shown us that behaviors that are rewarded get repeated. Personally, that has been my child rearing philosophy and hopefully mostly what I have done. It seems to me that we live in a time when good behaviors often get punished and bad behaviors get rewarded. Meanwhile, we wonder why the bad behaviors have increased??

Path of Righteousness

CEF38A05-C71E-4B44-B9B7-C165159CABE8“So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Path of Righteousness

Everyday I try to walk in the path of righteousness, but there are so many temptations from our world. We now live in a society that has strayed far from the path and tries to condone sinful behavior as okay. We have to remember to love the sinner and hate the sin. All of us fall short of righteous so we should try not to be self righteous. Thankfully we live in hope by faith and that is all we need.

Wine

97B1C982-4688-49E5-976A-D169A51966F1“(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5:23‬ ‭ESV

The first miracle that Jesus performed was turning ordinary water into the finest wine at a wedding. We are all just “ordinary water” that only He can transform into our finest state. Clearly there is lots of symbolism in this story, but I like to think how glorious it will be to dine with our Savior and enjoy tasting His perfect wine. Last night as we celebrated the marriage of our friends and shared some fine wine, I envisioned my departed family and friends toasting us in Paradise. Some claim that Benjamin Franklin said, “I know that God loves me because He created wine.” Whether he said this or not, I believe the concept is valid—He loves us and wants us to be happy.

Authentic

2A6E5177-4A46-49FB-9AC8-2246582F849A“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Authentic

Recently I have noticed the overuse of the word authentic, which I regard as the genuine wholehearted truth. In my businesses, others have encouraged me to be “authentic”, as if normally I should be expected to lie. It seems to me the act of coaching someone to be “authentic” in a “certain way” is anything but authentic. I understand that we all have to guard our tongues and not always say what is truly on our minds; but, let’s not call marketing completely “authentic”. In healthcare, we walk the narrow tightrope of “authentic” with pressure from malpractice and patient satisfaction concerns. Indeed the state of our healthcare is anything but authentic. I used to love the word, authentic. Now I wish I could freely live it.

Peacemakers

CF879E1C-5CB7-4AEE-AF93-A235E4D85F59.jpeg“”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Though it sometimes seems the world is full of trouble makers, I believe the vast majority of people are peacemakers at heart. It only takes a few bad grapes to spoil the wine, and a few ill willed people can ruin the rest. In my work experience, a single person can turn the work environment into a toxic one. Fortunately, God has control ultimately and all we have to do is trust and obey Him.