Apple that falls far from the Tree

2 Kings 22:2 (NIV)

He [Josiah] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

Josiah was one of the good and faithful king of Judah. His grandfather, King Manasseh, was one of the worst king of Judah. He allowed Baal and Asherah worship in the Temple, which he also converted into a sex shrine, and made human sacrifices (he even sacrificed one of his own son!). King Manasseh ruled Judah for 55 years. Josiah’s father, King Amon, was no better and ruled for 2 years. Yet, out of this culture of evil and idolatry, Josiah grew up faithful to Yahweh. One of the mysteries of life that no matter how bad the environment, sometimes, something good may emerge. The axiom that “an apple never falls far from the tree” is not always correct.

One of the challenges of working in a medical environment is that the department in which a young doctor works may be filled with selfish, lazy, and totally unmotivated colleagues. Some may be senior and just marking time waiting for their pensions. Others, not only are they disinterested in caring for patients, but also lacking in any medical skills. William Osler noted, “By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self-satisfaction”. Working in such environment may be depressing and dispiriting.

During the dark reign of King Manasseh and King Amon, Josiah and Jeremiah were born. These two, one destined to be a religious reformer king and another a prophet of God, grew up in the dark times. Yet, their souls and spirits remain uncorrupted.

A doctor’s working environment may not be always ideal. Whatever environment you find yourself in, do not allow it to corrupt your spirit and your soul. Do not allow it to lower your standard of medical care. Pray for protection and thrive.

Further reading: 2 Kings 23:1-3

Prayer: Lord, help us to adapt to our working environment but no to be corrupted by it. Amen.