Discharge Planning Begins on Admission (Matthew 10:39)

In medicine, admitting a patient to a hospital is a complex process. The physician makes the final decision whether to admit the patient, but once this occurs, teams from nearly every hospital department meet to coordinate care. The patient is at the center and while curing or stabilizing the patient of their immediate disease is paramount, another plan is also set into motion at the same time.

Discharge planning begins on admission.

This does not mean to rush the patient out the door by instituting some draconian cost-containment protocol. What it means is that during any patient admission, all health care providers also need to be focused on getting the patient back home and able to resume their former lifestyle. It means to look at home support services such as nursing or counseling. It means to coordinate follow-up outpatient visits. It may even mean looking at genetic counseling other family members if the condition is something inheritable.

Planning an exit strategy. It makes sense for hospital admissions. It makes even more sense for life.

He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 10:39

As soon as we are born, we begin to die. Many will spend their lives in a desperate search to either prolong their lives and make sure their legacy and money survive them. But by seeking an earthly answer to life, the result will only lead to death and eternal separation from God. All of us bear the results of our sin nature which have separated us from God. Only by believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will you be able to be saved and be reconciled to God.

In this life, you have a choice. Begin your exit strategy now with God and live.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.