Joel's message gave me pause:
"We’ve all had times where we have seen God’s goodness. We weren’t feeling well, the medical report wasn’t looking good, but HE turned it around…now we’re healthy and whole. Or we lost a loved one. We didn't think we could go on and God gave us peace and strength, and here we are, stronger than ever.
At one point we were the patient. We needed healing, we needed restoration, we needed favor, and God made a way where we didn't see away. We're grateful that he brought us out! We know that it was his goodness but here's the key...It's not enough to just be a grateful former patient, you have to take it one step further and go from patient to physician.
You've been healed, now go help somebody else get healed. You broke that addiction, help somebody else break their addiction. Your son got back on course...God answered your prayers. Go out and encourage that mother who struggling with her son, encourage her, speak life into her, let her know that God did it for you and he can do it for her!
God didn't heal you just so you could be well. That's one reason but not the only reason. HE healed you so you could become a healer. HE didn't bless you just so you could be blessed, HE did it so you could become a blessing. HE favored you so you could show other people favor. HE brought you through the loss. HE gave you a new beginning so you could help others make it through their loss. It's not enough to just bask in what God has done. Thank him for his goodness, that's fine, but you have a responsibility to help someone else in that same situation. You're no longer the patient you become the physician..."
Excerpted from Joel Osteen's Message #767 - From Patient to Physician