Published on July 29, 2022


AHC’s Five Smooth Stones

The story of how David faced the giant Goliath all by himself in battle is one of the more familiar stories found in the Bible. The narrative includes a description of what David did to equip himself for this big battle: “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag … and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine”  (1 Samuel 17: 40, ASV).

Earlier in the story, David had decided not to put on heavy armor to fight. He only took his essentials and his choice of weapon – a leather sling that he would load with a rock, spin around his head to gain speed and release to hit his target.

But the reference to David stopping and choosing the “five smooth stones” is the part that most catches my attention as it brings to mind our five core Values here at Adventist HealthCare:

  • Respect – We recognize the infinite worth of each individual
  • Integrity – We are conscientious and trustworthy in everything we do
  • Service – We care for our patients, their families and each other with compassion
  • Excellence – We do our best every day to exceed expectations
  • Stewardship – We take ownership to efficiently and effectively extend God’s care

Our Values are the precious qualities that we carry with us. We don’t go anywhere without them. They enable us to take on major challenges. With them we are able to confront the health and social issues that threaten the lives of those we serve just as surely as Goliath threatened David’s people.

And our Values are how we define our relationship with our patients and community. Those Values inspire our enthusiasm, strengthen our resolve, give energy to our persistence, stimulate innovation, spark creativity, and motivate us to strive for the best results for our patients. Grounded in examples of Jesus’ ministry, our Values fuel our ability to fulfill our Mission of extending God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

When facing the biggest challenge of his life, David chose what he carried with him very carefully. The choices we make of what we carry with us each day—our Values that truly define our character and behavior — will also enable our success in overcoming adversity to promote hope and healing in our community.

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