Apr 192014

Nissan_Fairlady_Z_Model_CarFacsimile. A copy. Looks just like it. Used to be that little office machine sitting on the desk- half phone, half magic curly paper. The only way to make an image move from one place to another. When was the last time you said the entire word- facsimile. Years? Now it is just the fax. A copy with the original somewhere else. A simulation of the original at a distance.

Model. A plastic toy. A replica of a favorite car. It isn’t the car. It looks like the car. It is a model, a likeness of the car. A facsimile of the car.

Last week, I had the privilege of watching a colleague speak to a group of community leaders. I saw commitment and leadership. I saw creativity and caring. At that moment, she was UVMC. Modeling and representing the best of what we want UVMC to be. A walking facsimile. A living, breathing image.

My question for you. Are you a model, the noun? a static likeness, a simulated leader? Or do you model, the verb? Letting your words, your acts, your life simulate that which others can’t see, except through you?

I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20. NIV.

Is that the way it is? When I speak, are others able to hear Jesus in me? To whom do my words point the hearer?  Am I modeling Someone greater than myself? Do I make people think of the cute little rubber tires, the pop-up hood, the plastic lights of the model? Or do they envision the real thing, the fire breathing, exhaust rumbling, tire smoking hot rod?

I imitate Christ.  1 Cor 11:1. God’s Word.

I copy Christ. I facsimile Christ. I model… in my words, my actions, my life… Christ. Is that true?
What is it that I model?
To the community
To my staff
To my colleagues
To my boss.
To my family.
excerpts shared 2/24/14 Ukiah Valley Medical Center
Apr 052014
Bob MacLafferty

 Derek was born with his father praying that he would be a great surfer one day. Those hopes were dashed when Derek was born blind.

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Seventeen years later, Derek determined that his father’s dream would become reality. He overcame great physical and spiritual odds and has now surfed the great waves of the world, including the Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore.

We are in one of the most difficult industries in the world- healthcare! Increasing expenses, decreasing revenues, increasing regulation, and that’s just what we know before breakfast! 2014 may prove to be one of the most challenging years in healthcare yet.
We can’t see over the waves. We can’t even see some of the waves coming! That does sound very uncertain. Yes, even unsafe!
I am a believer. What do I believe in?
I believe in Jesus and His power to save me in spite of my self.
I believe in the mission of this hospital- reflecting God’s love
I believe in you, in the ability and passion of the leaders and coworkers around me.
I believe that we can do things we’ve never done, in ways we’ve never experienced.
I believe that the future is uncertain and unsafe.
I believe that we can embrace that future unafraid.

shared  by Bob MacLafferty, March 31, 2014, Ukiah Valley Medical Center

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