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Long time ago, when I was assigned in another facility, I used to do sick calls prior to the end of my shift in the morning. I tried to be fast by doing the treatments first, like dressing changes, blood pressure checks, footsoaks [yeah, sounds like spa treatment!]…

Prior to doing my sick call, I usually reviewed the charts and tried to prepare the medications I anticipated to give. For instance, if an inmate was complaining of coughs and cold, I would prepare the pain reliever and cold pills. It made my sick call more organized. Thus, everyone got seen and I finished my list, instead of passing it on for the next day’s sick call.

I asked the inmates direct to the point kind of questions. I tried not to give them more time inside my little office. They would tend to look around and would get familiar with what things were in a particular place. Also, I tried not to be distracted. That was for my own safety and for safe keeping of things around us.

One time, as I was in the middle of my sick call and had probably just 3 inmates left, I was thinking I would have a lot of time left for my charting. When a well-sculpted inmate walked in. I remembered reading his chart and his sick call request, complaining of cold symptoms.

I looked at him once and greeted him a good morning. He sat down on the chair against the table I was using. He flexed his arms. But I didn’t say anything. I knew right away that he wanted me to give him a compliment. He flexed it some more. No response from this nurse.

“Sir, what brings you here today?”

“Uhmmm…I don’t feel good.”

“I know you don’t feel good. Can you be more specific?”

He lifted the sleeves on both of his arms. And flexed his muscles. Every muscle was well-built from using the bars to lift themselves up or do hundreds of push-ups.

“Look at these,” he said, making his muscles move as if he was Hercules.

“What about it, Sir?” I asked, still with the same stoic face.

“Can’t you see?”

“See what? If you came here to just display your muscles, obviously, you’re not sick. Kindly step out of my office now and you may go,” as I called the deputy at the same time and told him about the situation.

The inmate was surprised. Surprised that I didn’t compliment him and that I ended his sick call just like that. But he wasn’t upset with my latter gesture. He went back to his cell. Turned around really quick and said to me, “I’m sorry, Ma’am.”

“It’s okay. But if you’re really, really sick, you can come see us anytime,” I replied.

We can feel good about a job we did so well and there’s nothing wrong with that. But what God hates is the kind of pride that arises from self-righteousness. He hates it because it stops us from seeking Him.

Because of pride, many people do not accept Jesus as their Savior. Pride is a sin that God hates because we are giving credit to ourselves, instead of giving it to God, Who accomplishes things. It is bragging about the glory that truly belongs to Him. It is worshipping ourselves, instead of the Lord Who deserves our worship.

Next time you parade your muscles to anyone, think about Who enabled and sustained you to have those in the first place.

From NIV:

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” ~ James 4:6 [ESV]

18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. ~ Proverbs 16:18-19

3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3

4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. ~Psalm 10:4

7For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? ~ 1 Corinthians 4:7

13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. ~ Proverbs 8:13

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.” ~ C. S. Lewis


  1. Funny story! It was touching how your professionalism got through to him. Nice job!

  2. Rosel, I hope you are having a great visit with your friends. Thank You for taking your time to write to me. Your visits to my blog and by email are always uplifting and make me feel very blessed to have you as a friend and sister in Prayer. Thank You for sharing your story.

    "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble... Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
    James 4:6-7.
    Many Blessing my Friend, Audrey

  3. This was such a good story. Sad really that this man had nothing but his muscles to be proud about. And so true that man's pride keeps him from soo much. Especially of course his salvation and relationship with God. Enjoy your guests and have a wonderful Sunday. Blessings to you, Debbie

    This was such a good story.

    This was such a good story. Sad that his muscles were all he really seemed to think he had to be proud about. And how true it is that man's pride keeps him from salvation and a relationship with God. Thanks for sharing all this. Hope you enjoy your guests. Have a wonderful week-end. Blessings to you, Debbie

  4. Rosel,

    Good grief!! This is sad....he needed attention so badly he had to have a sick call just to attempt to get it. If only he had the Lord he wouldn't need the attention of people he would have the attention and adoration of his FAther!!

    Enjoy your friends.....I am sure they are blessed being with YOU!!!

    I love you my friend

  5. Thank-you for sharing this great story. If the man would only read is Bible as much as he worked out, or even half the time. Do many of the men read Bibles?
    We are so glad you posted today. Life is busy and I'm so glad that you can enjoy your company.

  6. Rosel,

    I pray you are having a wonderfully blessed visit with your family. This story is very convicting. I think we all struggle with pride. I never like admitting it, but I know it creeps in, sometimes. I find myself calling it everything accept what it truly is! Thank you for another wonderful post.

    Blessings, andrea

  7. Really like that CS Lewis quote.

    I'm always reminded that the only people who Jesus was hard on were the religious people - the ones who thought they had it all together and were self righteous. May I never be like that, may my ears always be listening to God's voice so that I live humbly, gratefully, and caring about the people around me.

  8. I'm glad you took time to share this story with us. The Bible definitely exalts the humble and not the proud. I think the guy received a good lesson from you.
    Enjoy your company today.

  9. You are a great nurse, and handled that man well. Yes, God has much to say about pride. He hates it. Thanks for sharing that.

  10. Enjoy your company.

    You handled this situation with the inmate well.

  11. Wow! What a great post about pride! I really like how calmly you handled it too. Yes, God hates pride and it is good to remember it!

  12. I always love your stories Rosel! I have been chewing on a post about jealousy, and pride is even at the root of that. Pride is a sneaky foe.

  13. Great analogy and comparison. Point made! Thank you for sharing and for taking time to visit my SS post.

  14. Thank you for sharing! gets in the way of many things...Your story was proof of that! Your calming demeanor was truly a lesson for this inmate. YOU are a blessing!

  15. You were confident (almost tough) with him, but courteous and kind. I wouldn't want to mess with you....and you tease me about my guns! Ha.

  16. Hi Rosel,
    Thank you for taking the time to post this. Sounds like you can handle yourself in a sticky situation. God is good! Enjoy your company and have a wonderful week.


  17. Our God is capable to handle anything! Wow. You certainly have a gift to confront in a loving but stern way. Many blessings continue on you dear one. Thank you for sharing!

  18. I'm glad I checked in here. Great story - great analogy. You truly amaze me how time after time you come up with these incredible lessons for us. sarah


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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

[Source: Life Application Bible]:

We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].