I was walking home today from a long day of lectures and also from a couple of hours of working in the ER and I began to reminisce on the path that I had to take to get where I am today.
In 2004, I began to wonder and I didn’t know whether I should put in all the hard work, dedication and committment that would be required to become a physician. I heard horror stories about individuals trying many years to get into medical school and once getting in, about how hard and challenging it was. I also knew that historically, I wasnt a good standarized test taker and medical school was extremely competitive with a required high MCAT score. It was always a dream of mine to become a physician but I somehow started doubting myself, becoming somewhat complacent.
I then decided that medical school would be far-fetched, would cost too much money and the schooling would be too long. So I decided to apply to PA (Physician Assistant) school instead.
I took my SAT’s (which were required), acquired all of my letters of recommendations, shadowed a PA for a couple of months and made sure I had all the required courses so that I could apply. I was certain that this is what I wanted to do and could not wait to start PA school.
A couple of weeks later after the PA acceptance board had met, I received a letter in the mail. The results for acceptances came out and guess what, I was REJECTED.
This was probably one of the hardest failures that I had to face. I began to question myself and ask myself, Where did I go wrong?, What could I have done differently?, Am I not smart enough to do this?.
All of these questions ran through my head as I was sure that I would have at least gotten a standby acceptance.
Thinking back a year ago, Dean Taylor stated, “Failure is not in the falling down, it is in the failing to get back up and try again”.
His statement really drove home an excellent point as I viewed myself as a failure at that point in my life.
But, what I didn’t know was that God had a GREATER plan for my life and this was his way of telling me that I could do better than just be someone’s assistant. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with PA’s and the ones that I have worked with over the years have been some of the most intelligent people I have known. But, Webb and the word assistant just don’t mix well:p
And now, I’m just thinking that If I would have been accepted to PA school in 2004, I most likely would of ended my education there and most likely would not have applied to medical school to become a physician. I also would not have met the wonderful people in my program at Georgetown (my future life long friends) and would not have met one of the most influential individuals in my life, Dean David Taylor.
1. Whenever things don’t go your way or whenever life throws you a curveball, GOD always has a GREATER plan in mind
2. NOTHING is too hard for God to handle.
3. NEVER give up on your goals you have in life. You can do anything you put your mind to.
Phil 4:13 says, I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.
“What does the Bible say about failure?”
Answer: To fail from time to time is only human, but to be a “failure” is when we are defeated by failure, refusing to rise and try again. Christians often believe they should be immune to failure by virtue of their relationship with God, but the truth is that God often allows us to fail for a variety of reasons. Job 14:1 says “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” That doesn’t say “unbelievers” or ‘the ungodly’. It says man born of woman. What does that mean? Everyone. Life is full of trouble, even for those who belong to God through faith in Christ. We are to expect it. This means God does not promise life to be without problems, sorrow, and yes, failure, just because we believe in Him.
Luke 9:1-5 describes how Jesus sent His disciples out to preach the gospel and perform miracles. He also taught them how to handle failure. “If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.” Jesus wanted the soon-to-be apostles to model themselves after Him. He gave them power and authority over devils, power to heal the sick etc. Most of all, Jesus wanted them to have boldness. He knew that not everyone was going to receive the truth about Him, but in saying “Shake the dust from your feet,” He meant to move on and plow forward. Witnessing and being rejected can make us feel like failures, but if we understand we are to expect it (John 15:18), what appears to be failure actually becomes a badge of honor.