Falling in Love Helped Me Become a Better Doctor

Falling in Love Helped Me Become a Better Doctor | The Christian Doctor

This month I’m getting married. One of my patients must have found out prior to her appointment with me. She gave me a big hug and said, I heard something special is about to happen to you. Her smile was ear to ear. She went on to tell me what happiness she had in her married of life of 30 years. She said, If you have even a fraction of the happiness I had you will be so blessed.

That month we were trying to wean her off her antidepressants. The timing couldn’t have been worse. Her husband passed away unexpectedly shortly thereafter. She told me how it was the little things she missed – his sweet response after she calling out to him, the comfort in holding his hand.

Tears streamed down both our faces now. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to lose someone after 30 years of blissful living.

As I reflect on the whole process of falling in love I see how it has made me a better doctor in the following 3 ways.

1. Falling in love has increased my capacity for empathy with patients

I’ve gone through a fundamental human experience so many of my patients go through: heart break and falling in love. Empathy is about making the patient experience personal to you. I can tap into my own story to access a patient’s emotions.

2. Falling in love deepened my trust in God

After residency, my engagement broke off and I found myself moving to Northern Idaho. I remember praying, God? I’m worried if I’m ever going to get married if I’m in the middle of nowhere. But God has surprising ways of answering our deepest longing. The areas of anxiety are the opportunities to deepen trust our trust in him.

3. Falling in love cemented my purpose to live simply, sacrificially and servant-like

The person you marry, I believe, is intricately connected to your destiny. I couldn’t shake the calling to living a life at a pastor’s wage and in a garage. But the last 2 years have truly been the best years of my life. The words of my soon-to-be wife haunt me, If you lived in a big house and drove a fancy car, I don’t think I would have been able to marry you. My choice to live a simpler, sacrificial life somehow translated into receiving the biggest blessing I’ve ever had: Getting to marry the woman of my dreams.

This month I’m getting married. And I can’t wait.

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  • Reply Rhubeeh Rada July 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Gods way is always the best way.Leave everything in God’s hands and if you put him first in your life, He will abundantly bless you. God Bless you and Melanie as you embark on your new life together.

    Love Aunty Rhubeeh.

  • Reply Filip Milosavljevic July 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Man I really appreciate your infusion of authenticity, real patient interactions and an encouraging voice. Glad to hear about your news 🙂 A wife is a blessing!

  • Reply Lemuel & Annabelle Ursales July 6, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for sharing your unique journey- career, love life & your precious calling to serve humanity. I believe Melanie is the woman God prepared for you to work hand in hand with you as you accomplish your high calling, at the same time building your own family. May the Lord Bless your Matrimony. Love from us, Uncle Lemy & Auntie Annabelle

  • Reply Clara Alcantara July 7, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Awww this is so nice Andrew! Great lessons indeed. What an interesting thing your fiancee told you about not marrying you if you had a fancy car, she is a keeper indeed. Also, I was reading some Ellen White quotes the other day and there was something she said about doctors aren’t supposed to be get paid a lot, I need to find where that is. Wait until you get into marriage, the lessons will keep coming and it will continue to shape the way you see life and your work.

    • Reply July 8, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement, friend…and yes, send me that quote! Always interested in the things she has to say in regards to physicians.

  • Reply Mavis Sager July 8, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Andrew, God always has a plan for our lives, if we listen to that still small voice, just as you have! My husband and I , with 5 biological children and one chosen child, plus many others, we will soon in Sept. Celebrate 65 years of marriage! And I can assure you, that if you continue to keep God as the head of your home, and time on this earth should last, you, too, will be blessed! God has a plan! Especially for you and Melanie! Looking forward to the 24th!

    • Reply July 8, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      65 years! Incredible. I hope to share that much of life with a special someone.

  • Reply Inday July 11, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Awwww!!!! So sweet! You’ve come such a long way. You’re so brave to put your journey out there. It’s inspiring.

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