is there a Tim Keller or John Ortberg in Atlanta? :X
is there a Tim Keller or John Ortberg in Atlanta? :X
I’m realizing how important humor + wisdom is.. how necessary these are in order to keep trucking along.. to learn and move forward.
Humor allows you to maintain your spirits and keep your head afloat so that you can even have a chance at gaining the right perspective. Wisdom is needed to direct your gaze in the right direction, and allows you to focus on the bigger picture.
Both humor and wisdom require the right people in your life. It’s a blessing to have the right people in your life who can provide that bit of humor and alternative perspective.. at what seems like the wrong times, but ultimately, are the right times.
I’m wondering whether Jesus was a humorous (of course he was wise) man himself… I want to believe that he was.
I’m always finding out that a lot of things are just not as grave as we make them out to be… especially when we gain perspective. So here I am just floating along after all.. with the ultimate floating device that is Jesus’ love..
Since I don’t have too much time to make commentary myself, and because Keller’s explanations themselves are sufficient, here’s the excerpt straight up (from Galatians For You by Tim Keller, regarding Gal 5:16-25) :
"We tend to see gifts as the sign of the Spirit’s work in someone. But the Bible never does. Judas and King Saul were used by the Spirit to prophesy, do miracles, and so on… but they didd not have Spirit-renewed hearts.
To be truly led by the Spirit is to grow ‘the fruit of the Spirit’. Gifts may or may not operate out of a grace-changed heart; but the fruit-growth of the Spirit can only happen in a child of God…. ‘If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong… I am nothing… I gain nothing’ (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
…[Also], The real fruit of the Spirit always grow up together. As Jonathan Edwards put it, ‘There is a concatenation of the graces of Christianity’. That is, you do not get one part of the fruit of the Spirit growing without all of the parts growing.”
And now for the something new I learned this morning:
"When we look at the list of fruits, we notice that we are naturally stronger in some than in others. But our strengths, apart from the Holy Spirit, are due to natural temperament (we have a trait though brain chemistry and/or early training), or to natural self-interest (we learned a trait in order to handle some issue or condition we met). For example, some people are temperamentally gentle and diplomatic (gentleness). but the sign that this is not due to the work of the Holy Spirit is that such people are usually not bold or courageous (faithfulness). Because of what Paul says about the unity of the fruit, this means that this sort of gentleness is not real spiritual humility, but just temperamental sweetness.
…There are many, many cases of this. Some folks seem happy and bubbly (joy) and are good at meeting new people, but are very unreliable and cannot keep friends (faithfulness). This is not real joy but just being an extrovert by nature. Some people seem very unflappable and unbothered (peaceful) but they are not kind or gentle. That is not real peace, but indifference and perhaps cynicism. It enables you to get through the difficulties of life without being always hurt, but it desensitizes you and makes you much less approachable.”
Thought I’d share this because it spoke to my heart this morning..
and with that, Happy first day of autumn! the best time of the year on the east coast! <3
to keep track of random things Yohan says. I remember last year, back in the “earlier” months, he used to always bust out these crazy analogies (connecting science and faith, relationships and science, oranges and apples, etc). I wanted to write everything down back then but they came too frequently so I just didn’t bother. Now, they dont occur as often lol, but when they do, I think “man, that was pretty profound for a 27 year old guy”, and I want to jot it down. So now, I shall… try. Some will be written after the fact (like the patch-clamping analogy that will come in another entry, but was one of the first ones I remember him saying). Others will be written in the moment (whether he approves or not :P).. basically, most will be hastily written and not edited.
He never keeps track of things he says— and often forgets even the most common topics discussed (and thus repeats things often… -__-), but for certain comments, I feel like they are worth noting… just to read back on in the future. :)
So here’re some random notes that I jotted down last night, right before I went to bed. It’s not a complete reflection of what he said and may be paraphrased, but it’s good enough:
"The reason medicine changes me"…
She’s [Dean of students at Yale Medical School] concerned that medical education spends too much time focusing the students’ attention on the disease and not enough time on the patient. She cringes when she overhears a student refer to a patient by his disease and location, or when the discussion of a cool diagnosis overlooks the potentially tragic consequences for the person with the disease. She worries that the doctors they will become will forget how to talk to the patient, to listen to the patient, to feel for the patient. For years she worried that in the excitement of mastering the language and culture of medicine they might lose the empathy that brought them to medical school in the first place.
2 versions of a patient’s story: first as the patient told it and then as it might have been written up by a doctor… both presented by a doctor who spent a year interviewing African American patients about their experiences in the health care setting…
"In June 1967, I went to Vietnam. I was a member of the First Infantry Division. My first evening there, they sent me out on an ambush." She didn’t have any props, nor a costume, but through her voice and expressions she became this middle-aged black man who never recovered from the battlefields and bars of his year in the Vietnam War. She portrayed this man, clearly destroyed by an almost lethal dose of post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and liquor. It was a compelling performance.
"I had been drinking. I was very loud and belligerent that night and my sister, who is probably the closest person to me, walked off and said that she was never going anywhere with me again. Afterward, I went out to the Dumpster and i threw the bottle in that Dumpster and I said that I was never going to drink anymore. I tried to stop on my own, but the next morning when the liquor store was open I was right there buying another bottle. A lot of times, people—they want off but they have no control. That is what the bondages of Satan do, using alcohol and drugs.”
The doctor seamlessly switched into a professional voice, with crisp diction and shorn of any accent as she read a re-creation of what a hospital admission note might have read.
"Chief complaint— a 34 year African American male brought in by police; a question of a drug overdose. The history of the presenting illness: The patient was found unresponsive and brought to ER. He was intubated in the field to protect his airway since he was actively seizing, which caused respiratory depression when he was found. In the ER, the patient was minimally responsive to pain. Per police, he had 3 grams of cocaine in pocket. He has been identified by his driver’s license as Mr. R. Johnson whose prior medical records indicate multiple past admissions for drug overdose."
"You’re starting out on the journey across this bridge, this education, and right now you are on the same side as your patients. And as you get halfway over the bridge you’ll find yourself changing and the language the patient had and you had is being replaced by this other language, the language of medicine. Their personal story is being replaced by the medical story. And then you find yourself on the other side of that bridge— you’re part of the medical culture. When you get there, I want you to hold on to every it of your old self, your now self. I want you to remember these patients."