During the end of 2017 our volunteer team is focusing in on our core values which make up the acronym CARED. You can read more about our mission, vision, and values on the “about us” part of our website, but for today we want to focus in on our fifth value (the one we’re highlighting for the month of December). The D stands for DIGNITY. Our clinic fellow, Samantha Dupaquier, shares her thoughts below on how we can demonstrate this value in how we serve.
The iconic imagery of Christmas… a sweet, baby boy swaddled in a lowly manger only surrounded by his parents, farm animals, and a few visitors who had travelled far to meet him. To say the least, this was a humble arrival for the KING of kings – the Messiah. This unpretentious beginning shows us that factors like our environment, life circumstances, wealth of family, etc. don’t define our value and worth. Christ had great value; He is the Son of God and Savior of the World! We know that scripture also says mankind has great value, made in God’s image and invited to be children of God!
At QuestCare we have the privilege to CARE for our patients in a way that points to their DIGNITY. Regardless of their background, income, living or family situations, we know that every single person that comes through our doors has innate dignity, value, and worth. We know this to be true because they were created in the image of the one true God (Genesis 1:27),and were given worth and value by the ultimate sacrifice of Christ (Romans 5:8). Because of this, we CARE for our patients knowing that He has already CARED for them (1 John 4:19).
Our patients were created by God, in the image of God.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” –Genesis 1:27
In the creation story, we see God make many beautiful and amazing things. But it isn’t until He gets to mankind that he determines He will make them in His own image. This was a new thing, and reflects a new intention in God’s creation story. By being made in the image of God, that means all mankind reflects God’s likeness. No matter how far an individual has walked away from God, no matter what they believe about Him; in their very existence is a connection to their Creator, whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. This means we have been given an intrinsic baseline to respond to. No matter what circumstances life has brought to the person we’re engaging with, at their baseline is someone made in the image of God. And that is who we’re responding to during our patient visit.
Our patients were given value and worth because of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ.
“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Scripture reminds us that Christ’s sacrifice was for sinners, not imaginary perfect people, and that it was a sacrifice made for the whole world, not just for people who have chosen to follow Jesus. His sacrifice was all encompassing from the deepest depth of pain and sin to the widest breadth of people around the world. We get to reflect this truth in how we engage with our patients. The act of love of Jesus on the cross doesn’t require any “cleaning up” or change in status or circumstances. Salvation requires acceptance alone. We know that we are meeting people in the midst of chaos, pain, and suffering. We have the unique privilege to remind them (no matter who they are or what they’ve done) that right NOW God loves them and gave Himself for them. They do not have to clean their lives up for Him to accept them. They just have to respond to His love and He’ll take care of the rest. The offering of this gift of salvation has within it a bestowed value for all to whom it was offered- and thats EVERYONE!
We CARE because they are already CARED for.
“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
The love we get to share with our patients comes from a place of confidence and rest because it is from an overflow of the love we have already received in Christ. We are not mustering up our own strength to love in these ways, but are just reflecting the love we have already experienced. This kind of freeing, self-sacrificing love can only come from Christ!
Why we do what we do.
Our core values point to this truth. That we CARE because we are are already CARED for. If we are striving from our own abilities to show compassion, be accessible, be relational, and do all things with excellence, without being rooted in this truth of the DIGNITY God has given each of us, we will burn ourselves out and be wasting our time. The body is a temporary vessel, and it will continually fail us. We will be here every time we can to treat the urgent care needs in front of us, but we know that if we are able to impact someone’s view of eternity during their visit by pointing them to their DIGNITY that this investment will go well beyond healing their temporary ailments.
We count it a privilege to serve in this way! if you have ever been blessed by our clinic and have seen us exemplify these values and have questions on where that faith comes from it would be our pleasure to talk more!