2016-10-04 - What People Say ~ Hard Work and Tediously
And What the Bible Says About It
This is a statement that can work both ways. In some situations, telling someone to work harder can spur them on to a victory. But in others, especially more serious ones, it can instead lead to unintended moments of discouragement and frustration. The positive side of this comment is that it looks to the needs of the recipient of the message. The Bible teaches us to take on each other's needs, when it says to "Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2.
But I think that all of us can identify with the wisdom of Proverbs 21:23, which reminds us that "He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles." It also prevents additional troubles for others.
In some cases, this comment is inappropriate because working harder simply doesn't affect the situation at all; it is totally out of the patient's / victim's control. In Richard's case, he has experienced one of the more unusual illnesses (Guillain-Barre Syndrome, in his case), in which Physical Therapy does not "make the patient better" at all. He could have worked out 24/7, but it wouldn't have made a bit of difference in how quickly he has recovered. As we were told by well-informed medical professionals, with GBS, you simply have to w-a-i-t. Myelin Sheath regenerates at a rate of only one millimeter per day, and there is absolutely nothing that will change that rate. The daily therapy simply strengthens the muscles for when the illness lets go of the body.
On a non-spiritual note: During Richard's illness, we have been blessed with neurologists and Physical Therapists who were very knowledgeable and experienced concerning Guillain-Barre. We had one RN who had not heard of it, but she took it upon herself to become informed. She even did some of the research during her free time. Yet this wasn't true for everyone. In fact,the most troubling thing about the above comment was that it came from a medical professional, Richard's Nursing Case Manager. So if any of you or your loved ones contract a rare illness, seek info from as many informed sources as possible.
Series to be continued.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.