God’s Glory

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By: Dr. Rebecca Quam

“…To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” II Peter 3:18

On the human side of things, people tend to receive glory in one of three ways: their position (a president or king), their character (a good man), or their accomplishments (winner of a race).  Scripture indicates all three apply to God. 

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What’s Stealing Your Joy?

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By: Dr. Lauren Charles, CVM Southeastern Region Representative

What’s Stealing Your Joy?  For almost a year, I’ve been talking to students, techs, and vets about what’s stealing their joy. It’s probably not a question you ask yourself regularly, but maybe we should. There are so many things, often little frustrations that add up, and other times real life events and crises, that steal our joy.

Busyness and exhaustion are my most common thieves. I haven’t had many serious trials in my life, but the everyday mundane tasks can bog me down like a wet blanket. I’m rarely trying to keep up with Joneses, but trying to keep up with the children, the laundry, the schedules, the emails, the meals (these people in my house want to eat three times every day!), the dishes, and all the tasks, robs my focus from Christ and the joy He brings. I need to practice the presence of God, as Brother Lawrence recommends, making every activity, no matter how mundane, an act of worship.

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Approaching God

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By: Dr. Glenn Gaines, CVM South Central Region Representative

Approaching God is an enormous blessing that Christians have. To be able to go to the Lord of this world is such an indescribable privilege that we may sometimes take for granted. Jesus tells us to revere God in the Lord’s prayer. God is holy, the creator of you and I and the world we see.

If we were told that we were going to be able to converse with the President of the United States, CEO of a major corporation, Billy Graham or whoever you hold in high esteem, we would dress in our finest clothes and present the highest of manners and make sure that we chose our words carefully. Isn’t it great that we can approach someone who holds each one of these in His palm, anytime, anyplace and in any style of dress.

What makes being a follower of Jesus so superior to any other religion is that we get to take to a living Lord who defeated death. We have a Lord who loves us so much that He made us to fellowship with Him. He loves us so much that He gave His son to die so that we can have our sins forgiven and converse with Him. God loves us so much that He places Jesus as an interceder for us to Himself. I have a hard time realizing that I could be that valuable to the Creator. When in fact I am, so why wouldn’t I be praising Him every day in the fact that I can go to him as a broken, sinful man and have Him want to visit with me.

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Being on Mission

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By: Dr. Emiko Van Wie

Are you on a mission?

Maybe you are on a mission to finish the work week alive! Maybe your mission is to solve the case that’s been mystifying you for days, to cure that pet of a disease that’s been plaguing it for months, or to impress a boss who never seems to appreciate you. Maybe your mission is to get your first raise, to own your practice, or to get board certified.

My mission in vet school was to be in the top 10% of my class. After the first year, I accomplished my mission and I was miserable. I studied all the time and slept four hours a night. I was passionate about my church too, serving each Sunday and attending a weekly community group. But all I talked about was my exam or how I didn’t do as well as I thought! So many tears shed over school. I was so consumed by being on top that I was not consumed by Jesus.

What does the word mission mean to you?

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Let Us Then

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By: CVM Missions Mobilization Coordinator

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16 NIV

So how does one confidently approach God’s Throne of Grace? It is a good question. One that can be easily overlooked though. Human nature is to focus on the benefits, like receiving mercy and grace, instead of considering what it takes to get there. Bt if I really think about approaching God’s throne, the immensity of the proposition starts to sink in. It could actually be considered terrifying. Consider Moses, a man who is called God’s friend, who talked with God “face to face”, yet adamantly warned the people to have fear and trembling before the LORD. So how do I draw near? I believe part of the answer lies in three little words, “Let us then.”

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Motivations

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By: Dr. Daniel Graham

Motivation is the reason why we choose to act or behave in a particular way; motivation is the reason why we do what we do.

I remember my first year practicing out of vet school.  As I learned, as I formed habits, as I spoke or acted in certain ways; I was reacting to my motivations.  I was motivated by my desire to not look incompetent in front of my boss.  I was motivated by my hope that I wouldn’t disappoint my clients.  I was motivated by my constant fear that I didn’t actually know what I was doing.  I was motivated by my yearning to impress our clinic staff with my bright ideas and fancy skills. 

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