Putting God First
– Dan Grobler
Looking back over my life I know that I have always had a strong desire to help people, reduce discomfort, and to ensure that every one of my patients enjoy the freedom of physical mobility.
Achieving my goals
As a young Biokineticist I worked hard to build my CV, to look good on paper, and to ensure that I was financially secure. This goal was easily achieved as the field of Biokinetics was still in its infancy in South Africa, and God had given me the gift of discernment and a natural ability to work with the biomechanics of physical injuries.
I drifted from God
As my financial wealth grew, so did my independent spirit and I moved away from my practice and started working in real estate. The more successful I became, the more I lived a life of spiritual disobedience. My wife and mother began to warn me that if I did not honour the Lord and walk in obedience, I would lose everything until I put my focus on Him. This idea seemed highly improbable as I was riding the crest of the success wave. Then in a moment of time, their words became a reality when I lost 104 development contracts in the blink of an eye. I had been disobedient and experienced the wrath of God. This was my ‘Kairos moment’. This was the moment that I knew that the rest of my life would be dedicated to serving the purposes of God, and that I would once again work in the area of my calling and gifting.
God the provider
When I returned to my practice, I saw God provide accommodation, staff, and even patients. My purpose and vision had changed; no longer was I building an impressive CV, but I was determined to dedicate my practice to the Lord and to listen to the daily prompting of the Holy Spirit. My work ethic was expressed through my core belief that God owned the practice and that if I continued to be obedient, He would work through me. Dedicating my practice to God means that I am a good steward of the resources He has provided and that I am willing to wait for His confirmation when making decisions and not simply push open closed doors. I start each day praying for my patients, I trust God for wisdom each day so that I can help to improve the quality of life for every patient that comes to me for help.
The Holy Spirit will guide us
I believe that our bodies have been fearfully and wonderfully made and that if we are willing to listen to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit, He will guide us and give us the ability to assist those who live or suffer with physical pain. When people walk into the practice and say that they have tried every thing they can to get relief but to no avail, I feel a sense of excitement, because I see myself as a medical detective, as one who is able to use knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual guidance to solve the problem. Every day I am reminded of these words, “He must become greater and I must become less.” – John 3:30. These seven words express my life goal. I know that God wants obedience in every area of my life. As I live, work, exercise and interact with friends, family, and clients it is my desire that those who come into contact with me would see the lived reality of God becoming more in me.
JOY! Magazine (August 2017)