So, you’re a fourth-year med student about to submit your rank list. Or, maybe you’re a nurse practitioner thinking about a change of scenery. Perhaps you’re a resident ready to become an attending, and you’re wondering what’s next.
You know God will shape your future, but you also know you’re responsible for making a wise decision. How do you do it?
One factor that’s often overlooked is the importance of finding a strong, supportive spiritual community as transitions are made. In light of that, I was encouraged to receive this email from a resident about other believing residents in his program:
We have in our residency program several residents from [our] medical school who have joined our [residency] program so that they can remain [locally]. Their primary reason for choosing to stay [here] at cost of not going to a more prestigious program elsewhere is the church that they belong to. So in an unexpected way, our program (a secular institution) is benefitting (by having high-caliber residents and therefore better care to patients in our
community) from the actions of a few saints who are making church-centric decisions with their lives. I see it as an example of an interesting way in which the church is impacting its local community by the Christians’ commitment to one of the fundamentals of the Christian life — the centrality of the church. Without “trying” to impact the local community, they are impacting this community.
There’s no formula for these decisions, but this is a great example of factoring spiritual community in to major life choices. As my friend observed, these choices often comes at a cost, but the outcomes are transforming not only for those who make them, but for those around them.
As you come to your next major career or training crossroads, how will you make the importance of spiritual community a real part of your decision process?