In our last devotion, we considered what Jesus had in mind when he told his audience that they “are the salt of the earth” and how this truth aids us in our mission of “Caring for all people for the glory of God” at HealthKeeperz. I invite you to listen to Jesus again in the gospel of Matthew.
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
This time let’s consider verses 14-16.
A careful reading of v.14 reveals that Jesus is making a declarative statement. That is, he’s stating that something is true now. “You are the light of the world.” However, Jesus refers to himself as being the light of the world in the gospel of John 8:12 and 9:5. How can I be the light and Jesus be the light? Let’s use the illustration of a full-moon-lit night.
We know the moon is not a source of light. It is a reflector of light. We call it a moon-lit night, but it is rather a “sun-lit” night because the moon is only redirecting the light of the sun. When due to the earth’s rotation we are out of direct sunlight, we experience night-time. But the moon, still being exposed to the sun, redirects the sun’s light onto the earth, providing light in a time of darkness. Likewise, we have no light in ourselves and can only serve as reflectors of the light of Christ once he has shone into our sin-darkened hearts.
He is The Light that has come into the world to displace the darkness by making reality and truth visible and in doing so gives direction and guidance. He delights to do this through his people. In John 3:19 Jesus says, “…people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” So, we see from Jesus in Matthew and John, that good deeds represent light (Matt. 5:16), and evil deeds represent darkness. (John 3:19) In the world, there is both good, and evil. Light and darkness. In a world with much darkness, we need people of The Light.
Every day we can imitate Jesus and thereby be reflectors of the light of Christ in our homes, workplaces, and communities. Remember, Jesus said that his followers “are light.” He did not say they can be or should be, but they are. Darkness only exists where light is absent. When a light switch in a dark room is turned on, or the sun breaks through the thick darkness of the night by way of the moon, the darkness must flee. My friends this is the way it is with those who will be reflectors of the light of Christ. Darkness will not be able to bear the presence of that light.
In our passage, Jesus likens our good works to light. By performing acts of kindness, showing compassion or being as concerned about the needs of others as we are our own, we imitate Jesus and overcome the evil of apathy and self-centeredness. God is glorified by us when Jesus shines through us. God is glorified through us when others encounter us and experience Jesus.
May God help us as our light leads others into His radiant presence.
For the glory of God alone,
Chaplain James Chavis, HealthKeeperz
By Tim Brooks
Over the last couple of years, we’ve set about redefining what it means to work at HealthKeeperz, building on the firm foundation laid by all who came before us over the last 50 years since our founding. You may have read my recent article about our Barnabas Culture, which captures what the very best among our team exhibit on a daily basis.
Recently, we began looking at the core principles that would underpin the next generation of HealthKeeperz, laid out as our mission, vision, and core values. In a competitive, ever-changing landscape of our industry of home health and hospice services, we believe that helping people get to know us through the attributes to which we aspire daily will help us align better with people who need our high standards of care.
First, let’s look at our mission: Caring for all people for the glory of God. At HealthKeeperz, we exist to serve the communities of our growing service footprint across North Carolina. Since our founding in the late Sixties, we have strived to do everything possible to address the health needs of the people of our hometown of Pembroke, then later in surrounding counties, and now in much of the state. We believe that all people deserve the very best care, on par with the standards of our country’s best hospitals, right at home where they are most comfortable and can thrive. And we do this for God’s glory, since he came to offer us lives more abundant and free.
After arriving at the purpose of our company as articulated by our mission statement, we have laid out a clear vision for our future and how we deliver value within the framework of caring for all for the Glory of God
We will be a company marked by wise stewardship. At HealthKeeperz, we believe that everything we have is a blessing from God, and we will be careful stewards of these blessings. These blessings include all of our tools and products for home health and hospice care, as well as how we look after our patients and each other.
We will embrace business growth. If we believe that we should care for all for the glory of God, the number of people we serve should expand in that spirit, plain and simple. We need to build our business accordingly.
We will deliver excellent outcomes and customer satisfaction. Our entire team, from leadership to management and all of our caregivers, performs its work to deliver the ultimate patient care experience to our customers in the comfort of their homes. We hold ourselves to our industry’s highest standards, with an ongoing commitment to implementing the latest technology and care techniques for the benefit of those we serve.
We will live a culture of encouragement. At HealthKeeperz, we talk a lot about our Barnabas Culture, and everyone on our team holds an unwavering commitment to create and preserve an environment defined by caring, selflessness, humility, and encouragement.
Finally, we have our core values, the molecular composition, if you will of our people who answer the call of our mission and live the vision of our company daily.
To work with us at HealthKeeperz, you must aspire to the core values laid out by our organization:
We are compassionate. We actively listen to each other, encourage each other, share each other’s burdens, and have honest and respectful dialogue.
We pursue excellence. We do it right the first time, expect the best from ourselves and each other, always seek to make things better, and build great processes and follow them.
We take ownership. We use data to make decisions, are professional, make wise decisions, and pursue innovative ideas.
We put family first. We work hard during the work day so that our families remain our priority, pursue a great mission together, are part of the HealthKeeperz family, where everyone is valuable and makes valuable contributions, and recognize that people have intrinsic value beyond what we do at HealthKeeperz.
If this sounds like the kind of company that would be the right fit for you, I invite you to take the first steps to joining our wonderful team at HealthKeeperz. Visit our company careers page for more information.