Every Christian in healthcare today faces deep tensions as they put their faith into practice. One of the most challenging is the tug-of-war between being a faithful witness and an effective steward of your time. It simply doesn’t seem possible to do both!
I just returned from a weekend in Kiev, where I participated in an International Saline training conference. The goal of these conferences is to help healthcare students and professionals share their faith in clinical settings, and I came away with a number of ideas I think you’ll find helpful.
“Faith flags” are one of the most useful, and will give you a flavor for the training. Simply put, this tool is a short statement in the course of normal conversation that identifies you as someone who values the Lord, prayer or other similar concerns. They are short (max: 30 seconds), and look for a response from a patient, but do not demand one.
For example, if a patient mentions that she’s having a hard time with a recent diagnosis, you might say, “I went through something like that in my life and the only thing I can remember is that God helped me.” If the patient shows interest, you can go deeper; if not, at least you’ve opened the door for future conversations. Best of all, this is something you can do almost every time you see a patient.
Feel free to share your own examples of faith flags in the “comments” section, and stay tuned for more tools in future posts!