I remember 50 years ago deciding to go for it! I set a goal to make straight A’s in all my classes. That was good for 7 years until I hit Medical school. Well I got a few B’s there! But you get the idea that I began to set goals and work hard to achieve them.

So I wanted to share what I have learned and experienced during 43 years in the medical field. This blog will cover the BIG PICTURE items. I wish to THANK my parents, Jack and Mary Smith, who set the early foundation stones in my life that led me to THE WAY (PROVERBS 22:6 and John 14:6) that allowed me to make the RIGHT decisions in life.


1. A new heart. Born again. Eternal life. Ezekiel 36:26 John 3:3 John 3:16
Yes Friends, if we accept JESUS into our heart—that deepest place within, He gives us a new heart and a new life, and we will live with Him forever! Even if we mess up, He will forgive and make our life forever new, if we ask Him!!

2. Life comes out of relationship, and death comes out of reason/logic. In other words being right is much less important than being loving. This, along with forgiveness, saved my marriage, and I am eternally grateful to God for this revelation. I have to practice being relational, living out of the Tree of Life, rather than the Tree of Knowledge. Genesis 2:8,9,16,17

3. Prepare for death well. We should prepare for the inevitable. Be ready and get rid of fear. The only way to do this is to do #1 above and get full assurance of Eternal Life when you die. Then death is a promotion. Something to look forward to after our work here is done.


#1 THE WAY to be born RIGHT.

#2 THE WAY to live RIGHT.

#3 THE WAY to die RIGHT.

I truly hope these REFLECTIONS will benefit you and bring you PEACE.


Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology
Psalms 103
All His Benefits