People are People

Community meeting at 5:30 AM.

Community meeting at 5:30 AM.  Our neighbors.

Tuesday morning of this week I awoke at around 5 AM to someone banging on our door.  Some of the neighborhood teenagers were going around waking people up to remind them to come to the meeting at 5:30 AM.  An interesting thing about living here is the world is up and going by 5:00 and the people are very busy by 5:15 AM.  I walked down the road for a meeting about the coming electrical engineers and the need to have a reception for them (I think if someone is coming to do public works in a community – like install power transformers – the community is responsible to welcome them with a party, hopefully with lots of Cuy!)  As I sat there, trying to understand what was going on, I was able to watch how everyone interacted with one another.  They joked and teased, got frustrated with some situations, some came with a voice of reason, others just wanted to get the meeting over with as quickly as possible.  It was just like a meeting back home.  And I will tell you that I was convicted of my pride during this meeting.  I see patients all day long, The physician-patient relationship is unequal, with power on the doctor’s side of the equation.  And that has colored how I have seen the people here.  They come to me with needs and desires, in a position of weakness, hoping for help.  And so I feel superior, like I know better and have all the answers.  Yet at this meeting, I was in a position of equality or even weakness since I cannot understand everything perfectly, and I saw that they act just like I would if I was in a similar situation.  We are all equal.  We have cultural differences, but those are small differences in comparison to the ways in which we are the same.  So I am asking God to help me to see them how they really are, not how I see them in the hospital.  I want to see myself as I really am, not in the way my position in the hospital elevates my status.  I am asking God to help me to be humble in my interactions with the people that we are serving so that we can possibly have friendships that are genuine.  I am asking God to help me to be like Christ.

12 thoughts on “People are People

  1. Thanks, Will. That is beautiful. To be like Christ, in His humility and compassion. Praying that for you. May that be the prayer we each desire to pray. Appreciate your authenticity.

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  2. Excellent post, Will, Depeche Mode reference and all! I would have a different reaction to someone banging on my front door at 5:00 am.

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  3. How great God is to always be teaching us. Thanks for sharing. Makes me open my eyes and look for His voice Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Will, great thoughts. I’ll be praying for you as I pray for myself and all of us to settle in to this reality– that we need the power of Christ to overcome our pride and to love without restraint or judgment.

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  5. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing. The lesson applies to doctors here as well as there. People are, in fact, people. 🙂

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