The Glorification of Being Busy

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks, CVM North Central Region Representative

We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11)

Sometimes the Bible speaks so directly! That verse in 2 Thessalonians hit me today.

The most common question I get in the summer is, “So is this a busy time for you?”

In American culture, we are so eager to talk about how busy we are. I often fall into the trap. Speaking from this perspective, my answer would be- I live at a slower pace during the summer. I stay home in Madison and enjoy the city in my free time, while work includes preparing conference speakers, and planning visits to the eight universities I serve. Then I say something like, “But in the fall, I’m quite busy, traveling constantly.”

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Combating Compassion Fatigue

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks

 

“Do you have any plans for the weekend?” I asked my client on a Friday afternoon. She rolled her eyes while grumpily replying, “Ugh, yeah- I have to work tomorrow.”

I chirped back, “Oh, me too.”

Her response was one I’ll never forget:

“Yeah, but your job is SO fun. You just get to work with animals- I have to deal with people.”

I was accustomed to putting on my veterinary poker face, so I smirked internally as I gently reminded her that each of my patients comes with a person attached to the leash. Despite my honest reply, she was not convinced that my job could be anything other than puppies and rainbows.

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Finding the Balance

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By: Dr. Devon Spencer

As veterinarians we use ingenuity in the clinic every day, adapting what we do to fit a unique problem, patient, client or combination of all three. But when it comes to finding balance in our lives we tend to run out of unique solutions. Our work is very demanding but God demands that we give Him everything.

Matthew 22:37 tells us, “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’”  He also tells us in Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” These two scriptures have helped guide my family into finding balance in our work and home lives.

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Finding the Right First Job

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By: Dr. Jordan Spears

Searching for your first job after vet school can be a very stressful process. There is a lot of pressure to have the perfect job secured before you graduate. If you are a 4th year still in the job hunting process, I feel for you, I really do! It wasn’t long ago I was in your same position, feeling the exact same pressure, and most likely the same anxiety.

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Don’t Let Debt Control You

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By: Dr. Pat Murack

Debt. Whether it is from a credit card, a mortgage payment, and/or that mountain of student loan debt, most of us have some form of it. The key to being financially healthy is to control the debt and not let the debt control you.

According to the AVMA, the average veterinary graduate in 2013 had $162,000 in student loans. That is a lot of money but not something that needs to control you. Do not be like the prodigal son and spend all of your new-found money (veterinary salary) on foolish things. But instead align your heart to God and let him guide you in your finances.

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Intentionally Sharing the Love of Christ

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By: Dr. Glenn Gaines

Did I make a difference? That question probably crosses everyone’s mind at some time or another. I don’t remember thinking much about that as a kid, but the older I get, the more it comes to mind. The thought of living a life without impact is not one that any of us want to leave behind. Most of us want to have family, friends, clients and others to be positive about the footprint that we leave on their lives.

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