Some patients push me to the limits of my patience. Bad attitudes seem to be the thing that gets to me most. When they do I tend to whip out my collection of sarcastic remarks.
So for Lent I said I would deliberately choose to serve someone rather than myself. I don’t know that I chose this guy but he was sort of stuck in my face – someone I had to treat with more respect than I would like. Someone I actually don’t have a lot of respect for because of his attitude.
He came in. Well, this is not the first visit. And to each visit he has brought the attitude that whatever he wants he should get. Trouble is that what he wants and what is possible don’t jive. He wants us to restore health that has long been lost. And I think he feels that we should do this with little effort on his part. Sorry – Mr. but that is not how the deal goes!
So here we are trying to convince the guy that his options at this point are really limited. His teeth are beyond the point of being savable. But he wants to keep on ignoring this fact. He wants us to fix it. He does not seem to get the fact that we are telling him the truth. It is not what he wants to hear.
I am afraid that the attitude he displays is not just about his teeth. I fear that he approaches life in the same way. Being a chief, this is scary to me. Does he expect the impossible to happen just because he insists it should, no effort required on his part, no long term commitments made? It is an old attitude – the chief should possess the power to demand what he wants. His people do not need a leader that lives in this kind of a fantasy.
What a difference from what God the creator of all taught us. If you want to be a leader – become a servant.