April 2016 Event Recap – Jean McLaughlin
“Grace in the Unpredictable Place We Call Work”
Jean McLaughlin was the speaker for the KIROS Tacoma meeting in April. She shared how her faith has been essential for her success as a health practitioner, as well as enabled her to survive and thrive in this high-stress, demanding career.
Jean McLaughlin is a Periodontal Specialty Dental Hygienist, specializing in high-risk patients with advanced periodontal disease. She is especially effective in dealing with patients suffering from high anxiety, high dental fear, are medically compromised, as well as those with special needs.
Jean is creative as well, formally educated in fine arts, music, design, psychology and gemology. She is grateful for the opportunities afforded her to combine her skills, experience, education, creativity, and most of all, faith, to minister grace and be an inspiration to those around her throughout the work day.
Jean is an extremely kind woman, filled with the grace of God. As a Dental Hygienist specializing in high-risk patients, she uses her hands and her gifts to heal spiritually and physically. She opened by quoting 1 Corinthians 15:10. “But by the grace of God I am what I am I”… God-given work to do and God-given energy to do that work. We are saved by grace to do good works. When we live God’s way, He brings the gifts of His spirit to dwell in our life. The gifts found in Galatians 5:22 are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The fruit of the spirit help create gracious space around us and insulate us from the world, something like an aura of grace protecting us and spilling out onto others.
Webster defines grace as “a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward; a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving”. When we show and display God’s love and grace we will have people’s attention, and God schedules a “Divine” appointment with the people he places in our life.
Have you ever endured a season at work where you really needed God to give you grace and guide you through it?
Our example of “perfect” grace is Jesus; how does this example play out in your faith and work journey?