As we enter the year 2023, it is important for everyone to remember that life does not end with retirement from a job.
In this New Year, let us all take a page from Dr. Alexander Thomas and his incredible contributions to the medical profession in India. He has inspired us to not sit comfortably and to strive for more productivity and purpose for the remainder of our lives.
While it may be tempting to slow down and take it easy, we should remember the words of the book, “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” by Merlin Carothers. https://foundationofpraise.org/merlin-carothers-biography/He reminds us that there is no retirement in the kingdom of God and encourages us to strive to be all that we can be until our dying day.
Merlin Carothers is a famous author in the Christian community. He has written 17 books and sold over 19 million copies in 59 languages. He’s even had three books on the top ten bestseller list! His idea to praise God for everything that happens has made miraculous things happen. The Bible says that God can turn anything into something good if you love Him (Romans 8:28). Merlin served in the U.S. Army and was a lieutenant colonel. He was in the 82nd Airborne and was a demolition expert. He also guarded Dwight D. Eisenhower and was a chaplain. He even did 90 jumps as a parachutist! He also went to Marion College and Asbury Seminary and was a pastor.
Dr. Alexander Thomas was given the IMA Dr. M. G. Garg All-Time Achievement Award 2022 for his great work in the medical profession in India. He was presented the award by IMA President Dr. Sahajanand Prasad Singh and IMA Secretary-General Dr. Jayesh Lele at the 97th Annual National Conference of the Indian Medical Association on 27 December in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Thomas is an orthopedic surgeon and a leader in healthcare policy. He is the President of AHPI and advises the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions and the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations. He helped bring together two big organizations, AHPI and IMA, working together to solve problems like the Covid crisis and violence against healthcare workers. He was also the Director of Bangalore Baptist Hospital and worked with the Central and State governments to provide accessible and quality healthcare for all. For all his hard work, Dr. Thomas has been honoured by the UAE Government, ANBAI, CAHO, IMA, and the National Board of Examinations. https://medicircle.in/ima-alltime-achievement-award-for-indian-healthcare-leader
This New Year, let us all take Dr. Thomas’ lead and strive to be productive and purposeful. Let us use our skills and talents to make a difference in our community, country and world. Let us remember that we are never too old to make a difference.
Happy New Year 2023!