There’s an interesting public service announcement running here in Jacksonville.
In the PSA, a woman named Karen Reid–who represents the American Pharmacists Association–asks what I initially thought was an odd question: Do you know your pharmacist’s name?
She says that studies have proven that a good relationship with your pharmacist can improve your health because a pharmacist who feels more connected to his/her customers takes his/her customers’ health care more personally. The assumption is that if you know your pharmacist’s name then he/she will know your name and studies have shown that if your pharmacist knows your name he/she is more likely to double-check your medications, offer you generics (to save you money), and be an advocate for you to your doctors and insurance companies.
Studies show that a healthy relationship with your pharmacist can save your life.
This PSA reminded me of a passage of scripture from John:
Do you know God’s name or is he a stranger who works in the building on the corner whom you only visit when you are feeling spiritually weak–or ill–and you need some spiritual medicine for your soul?
He knows your name and he wants to have a relationship with you . . . and studies of his word have proven that a healthy relationship with God will save your life.
Oh . . . and by the way . . . my Lord’s name is, “The Good Shepherd” and I promise to find out my pharmacist’s name by the end of the week.