Keep Calm & Focus on the Good

C.A.L.M.Written by guest author, Bulbuli Mollick, and initially published for NCFI C.A.R.E.S. blog for Nurses Christian Fellowship International.

How often does God use other Christian nurses to uphold us in strenuous situations? One of my best friends encouraged me with the verses of CALM (see below) during one of our hospital crises. I had invited her to have dinner with me. When she came, she asked, “Are you okay, Bulbuli?”

“Yes, I’m okay,” I told her. Then again in the middle of dinner, she asked again. “Bulbuli, are you alright?” I think she asked that question three more times, and each time I answered, “Yes, I am okay.” Because she was persistent, I told her my husband and both of my daughters were okay. My mom was fine. But I was worried about my hospital.

“I knew that you were sad about the situation at your hospital,” she acknowledged. And before she left that night, she gave me a card with the word CALM. She explained that it was so evident I had been worried, and she wanted to listen to what was on my heart. She told me how reading and thinking about the verses on this card were helpful to her and would help me.

Reading these verses from Philippians 4:4-8 did give me comfort and peace inside. So I’ve shared these CALM verses with other nurses—we all have worries and concerns in our professional and personal lives.

Celebrate God’s goodness: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Ask God for help: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Leave your concerns with God: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Meditate on good things: Philippians 4:8

We have to learn to celebrate about good things first. We have so many good things in our lives, and we should be thankful to God for these. I’ve learned that when we are worried about anything, He is always ready to help us, so we have to ask for his help! If we are worried or heavily loaded down, we choose to give the worries and the load into God’s hands. He has promised to release us from those worries and loads.

Finally, we have to meditate—focus on—the good things. If we do this, our Heavenly Father will give us his comfort and support in every situation. Amen!

Bulbuli Mollick, a nurse and midwife, is nursing director at LAMB Hospital in Bangladesh. She also serves as a board member with Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI). This worldwide sister organization with NCF connects Christian nurses and midwives around the world to equip and encourage them as they live out their faith in clinical practice, leadership, education, and research.

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Thank you for the explanation of this acronym.
Perfect exhortation for starting another work week of my nursing assignment.

I I am a nurse and a UMC pastor and I love the acrostic and would love to be able to use this in a sermon on remaining calm in all circumstances (Phil. 4:6-7). How would I go about receiving permission to use this?

Dear Rev. King,

When using this acrostic, please give appropriate credit to author, Bulbuli Mollick and the NCF blog source. 

Thank you for asking.

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