A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22 (NRSV)
How do you know this is true? When have you been good medicine for someone who needs it? When have you dried up bones because of a downcast spirit? Can you give life?
The following is a story that came from LiveScience.com on May 26, 2006 and was written by Jim Fitzgerald.
Dr. Samuel Weinstein, chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery for Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, went to El Salvador in 2006 with Heart Care International to provide life-saving operations for poor children.
It would take more than expertise and advanced equipment to save the life of Francisco Calderon Anthony Fernandez, 8, however. After 12 hours of surgery, the boy began to bleed out of control. The hospital lacked both the medicines to stop the bleeding and the blood to give the boy transfusions. Francisco’s blood type was B-negative, which – according to the American Red Cross – is present in only 2 percent of the population.
`Dr. Weinstein had the same blood type. So he set aside his scalpel, took off his gloves, and began washing his hands and forearm. Then he sat down and had his blood drawn.
1When he had given his pint, Dr. Weinstein drank some bottled water and ate a Pop-Tart. Then – 20 minutes after stepping away from the table – he rejoined his colleagues, who watched as Weinstein’s blood began flowing into the boy’s small veins. Weinstein then completed the operation that saved Francisco’s life.
I am sure the good doctor could have given up hope after 12 hours of operation, but instead somewhere within he found the source of good medicine.
Jesus said that whoever has faith in him will be able to do greater things than he did. I’ve heard that Christians built 90 percent of the schools and hospitals ever built. I’d say that is doing great things. We could look at the world and become downcast, or we could be cheerfully determined to be good medicine.
Good medicine can save a life!