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David Davis

The Small Things

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (KJV)

It is very popular for politicians to say, "Every vote counts", because they are making an effort to get prospective voters to the polls and vote for them. Likewise, every parent worth their salt encourages their children to reach beyond their grasp. You never know what that extra little stretch might accomplish.

It is also in vogue for preachers, on days of worship, to give entire sermons on "how one life can make a difference". They explain how one man, Jesus Christ, changed the world forever.

I can recall one such incident in my life.

On the morning of one of my many surgeries, after I had already been pre-admitted, I faced one more such journey. The orderlies, in their green scrubs---it seems like everything in a hospital is either green or white, came to get me for my trip to the operating room.

After spending what seemed like an eternity in a little "stall" waiting for an OR to open up, it was finally my turn. I was very lucky, no, blessed, in that the doctor admitted he was just that--a doctor. Jesus was, and remains, the great physician.

Upon saying a brief prayer for guidance from above, the surgery was about to commence.

Over in the corner of the OR, where she was getting the instruments in order, stood a masked nurse whose name I would never know. As is customary, the anesthesia was started and I had tubes in one arm, while the other was evidently strapped down.

That is when it happened. The nurse, noting my apparent apprehension and plain fright, came to the side of the operating table and gently put one of her hands in my free hand, as if to reassure me. As I was nodding off into dreamland, that gentle touch gave me the reassurance that every thing would be all right--and it was.

While going about her daily duties--the actions of this person who I will probably never see, changed my life. From that point on I knew the difference one person can make.

When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples they were in awe. Never had such a person displayed such humility in their presence. It was an example that will go down through the eons of time.

Never dismiss the power of a kind word, a pat on the back, or a simple word of encouragement. For the simplest yet most humble act will not go un-noticed.


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