What Can We Learn From the Mayo Clinic?

5 Apr

The Mayo Clinic (photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattwthorn/)

I recently spent four days at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida and am wondering what we, the church, and we, as individuals, can learn from the Mayo Clinic.

1.  Even though it is large, the Mayo Clinic focuses on the individual.  They are people centered.  You feel that your health matters to people from the moment you enter the door.

Love endures long and is patient and kind.  1 Corinthians 13:4a

2.  People at the Clinic overflow with kindness.  (O.K., there was one person in the cafeteria who wasn’t friendly, but she wasn’t unfriendly either!)

But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).  Galatians 5:22-23a

3.  Everything about the Mayo Clinic is designed to bring a sense of peace:  from the colors and lighting to the fountains and flowers.

Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous– with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!  Matthew 5:9

4.  The Mayo Clinic is informative.  You receive a packet of papers after your initial intake consultation that tells you where to be, when to be there, and how to prepare.  If you have any questions, there is an army of volunteers ready to help.

His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.  Ephesians 4:12,13

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