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A Goal for the New Year

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | January 03, 2017

by Jennifer Perry, DDS

With a new year come resolutions for many people. Regardless of whether or not you fall into that camp, it is a good time to reflect and see what the Lord has done for you in 2016 and seek what He wants from you in 2017. This applies to every believer, but as dentists it is important for us to remember He is Christ of our entire lives. He has personally redeemed us and also calls us to glorify Him with everything we do. 

Looking forward to the new year and how I want to grow both personally and as a professional, the Lord has continuously brought me to 2 Peter 1:3-10:

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (ESV).

There is so much here that I want to incorporate into my practice for my own good and the good of my patients. He offers us all we need in this life and all we need to grow more and more like Him. If I was a patient seeking a Christian healthcare professional, I would want them to be pursuing excellence by God’s strength, so why would I not do that myself? I am also reassured by the fact that it is not by my own strength I can obtain these but only through God’s great and precious promises, as well as by partaking in His own divine nature.

As you look forward to how you can improve as a dentist, pursue these qualities. Pursue being more like Christ. This will be more fulfilling than any other thing you seek this year. 

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