Not How But Why

Don’t tell me how I should take this medicine doctor. Please tell me why I should take it. How to take it is confusing. Why I should take it bewilders me. I don’t need to know how. I need to know why.

This is a common conversation. It goes something like this.

All I seem to do now is keep appointments. There’s an appointment to my dentist. There’s an appointment to my heart doctor. There’s an appointment to my cancer doctor. There’s an appointment to my primary care doctor. I have so many appointments that I don’t have time for life. The great disappointment is I have all these appointments and I am not getting any better.

I wake up and select from a variety of pill bottles to decide which pill should be taken at which time. Should I eat first or drink some water? Should the blue pill be taken with a fatty meal or can it be taken on an empty stomach. Should the red one be taken with orange juice? And what about this injection? Can I put it in my arm muscles or on my abdomen? Should I apply the ointment to my face, or lower leg? Does this brace go on my ankle or knee? When is my next appointment?

I can see the frustration and though I don’t have the personal experience to understand, I do know this can be depressing. If life is nothing but trying to stay alive it becomes meaningless. I must help my patients find a meaning for life and purpose. The how means nothing if the why is not worth it. The ends must outweigh the means. If I can find a purposeful life, I can justify any means for living.

Dear doctor, at my next appointment don’t leave me disappointed. Help me find meaning for life and purpose to move forward. Don’t just tell me how should live. Tell me why I should live.

John 16:33 King James Version (KJV)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.