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Ignoring Doctor’s Advice

Ignoring Doctor’s Advice

Like most people, I don’t like going to the doctor or even listening to the doctor because I know that I am going to be told to do something that I don’t want to do.  Like get a test, give some blood, take medicine, or get a further test for something that feels fine (just to double check, of course).  I’d like to think that I have better things to do with my time because unless I am in severe pain, then everything is fine.  For missionaries, or anyone else in Christian ministry, there is the added temptation to ignore doctor’s advice because it will take time away from the Lord’s work.I ran across a story in the autobiography of Daniel McGilvary that reminded me that doctors are sometimes ignored with dire consequences.  McGilvary was a 19th century missionary pioneer to northern Thailand and we pick up the story as he returns home to Chiang Mai from an extended evangelistic tour through the jungles of Northern Thailand.

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