Ps 86:11 Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.

            This verse makes two requests of God. The first order of business is learning God’s ways. The process of learning and understanding can be difficult. I learned extensive policies and protocols for my job in college. After graduation from LSU, I quickly realized everything I was taught was only the beginning. After years of experience and mistakes I finally understood how to handle myself in a professional manner.

            After a difficult time at work, I prayed for a pure heart toward all my coworkers and patients. We were to be inspected by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and needed new Care Plans. I told the Head Nurse that I recently bought a computer and could write the Care Plans in the appropriate format. She refused to give me one day a week to stay home and “learn how to use my computer.” My first “paper” day started with several reference books and a legal pad. After eight hours and many interruptions to assist in patient care, I completed a total of two care plans.

            My next “paper” day I stayed home to work. She was angry that I stayed home to work until I reported nine more plans were completed. It was quicker to write them on my computer, bring in hard copies for review then reprint as many as we needed. The people from Joint Commission were impressed with the updated care plans and our unit, so we received our Level 3 Accreditation.

           With a pure heart for God, I proved that I was professional and able to get the job done. When we honor God in all things others notice.

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