Good morning Tom,
It’s Friday morning (early). I’m eating breakfast after which I will put the finishing touches on the Bible study I will be teaching Sunday morning. By chance I picked up the OVMA newsletter and read your letter to us.
You need not ponder the meaning of life and veterinary medicine any longer. The Bible has the answers for you. God created man (male and female) in His own image. God’s purpose is for man to be joined with a wife in marriage and thereby they become one flesh. This family formed by God reflects our identity, life, and power that come from God.
You stated that on Sunday morning the family was in church. That, of course, is not true. As you are part of the family, for the family to be in church you too must be with them. Why must you be there? Two reasons
1) To learn the will of God
2) To be a huge influence along with your wife.
My wife and I, married 51 years, have 7 children, 6 married and no divorces. 18 grandchildren, and all are in church almost every Sunday. Man is a spiritual being whose intelligence and self-determination should reflect God’s will, and each one of us must be accountable to that lifestyle.
We should never be pleased to live on a level lower than that which God has made it possible for us to live. We should strive to be the best we can be and to reach the highest levels we can reach, in our spiritual life, our family life and our life in our chosen profession. To do less is to be unfaithful stewards of the life entrusted to us.
As a 79-year-old active practice owner, I can assure you an over 50-practice owner should just be approaching his prime. Our two practices with 17 veterinarians and about 120 employees continue to grow. I can’t tell you the number of times I have thanked the Lord for all of this.
As to the marriage, never say I’m sorry, as you look you wife in the eye every morning. You say, “I love you”, followed with a kiss and a hug.
As to success in practice- it’s simple.
1) be good at what you do.
2) Fair fees, fair to the client and fair to yourself.
3) Be available. It’s difficult to render a service with the front door locked.
(8:00AM – 11:00 PM)
4) Always –always tell clients the truth.