According the American Journal of Nursing, Volume 110 Issue 5, vital sign monitoring is a fundamental component of nursing care. Nurses are taught that a patient’s pulse, respirations, blood pressure, and body temperature are essential in identifying clinical deterioration and that these parameters must be measured consistently and recorded accurately. These ought to be the most reliable data in a patient’s chart—but they’re not. Abundant research indicates that vital signs aren’t consistently assessed, recorded, or interpreted. These lapses interfere with appropriate and timely interventions for deteriorating patients.https://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/Fulltext/2010/05000/Vital_Signs.2.aspx
Did you CATCH that?
- Vital sign monitoring is a FUNDAMENTAL component..
- Such monitoring is ESSENTIAL in identifying deterioration..
- Vitals MUST BE measured consistently…
- Vital signs MUST BE recorded accurately..
- They OUGHT TO BE the MOST reliable data in a patient’s chart.
- BUT THEY’RE NOT...
- Research suggests that vital signs aren’t consistently assessed, recorded, or interpreted…
- These lapses interfere with appropriate and timely interventions..
NOT PLAYING AND DANCING AROUND WITH THIS MESSAGE, let’s go straight to the point of the matter…. WHAT ARE YOU MISSING? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING OVER? WHAT’S SLAPPING YOU RIGHT UP SIDE THE FACE ABOUT A SITUATION, BUT YOU’RE CHOOSING TO IGNORE IT?
After reading my sister Efua’s message this morning on compromise, the Lord used it to set a fire sparking this message, that we’re calling Vital~signs!
God’s Vital~signs to us are those FUNDAMENTAL, ESSENTIAL, and NECESSARY INDICATORS that He CONSISTENTLY, ACCURATELY, and RELIABLY reveals to us, which SHOULD BE and OUGHT BE adhered to, BUT THEY’RE NOT! These lapses and failures to heed, often times lead us down the wrong path, have us in doing the wrong things, and ultimately result in us being in the wrong place…
Let me pause real quick and say, that as I’m typing this message, I can clearly hear that distinct sound that an ER monitor makes when someone flat-lines. When I first heard it I ignored it, much like us, when God gives us Vital~signs and nudges that what we’re doing and where we’re headed will ultimately lead to compromise and eventually to our demise. With that being said, someone reading this message has been hearing the Lord say, STOP, DON’T DO THAT, GET AWAY FROM THAT SITUATION, THEY’RE NOT HEALTHY FOR YOU, THEY’RE NOT GOING OR GROWING IN THE SAME DIRECTION AS YOU ARE, YOU CAN’T LIVE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE LIVES, THAT’S THE WRONG MOVE, THAT JOB ISN’T FOR YOU, DON’T BUY THAT CAR, IT’S NOT TIME TO BUY THAT HOUSE YET, ETC, BUT, you’ve been ignoring His instructions, His voice, those Vital~signs, and those nudges. Well, that sound I heard, that flat-line sound, IS FOR YOU! Yeup you, the one reading this message, who knows this message is God’s love letter straight to you!
I can hear that question brewing in your spirit asking, How can such a letter that’s warning me to stop what I love doing, turn around from where I enjoy going, and do an about face from the people I love being around, be a love letter? It’s a love letter because for now He’s warning you BEFORE you slam into that brick wall. It’s a love letter from the Lord because He’s warning you BEFORE you make that dreaded mistake, which WILL NOT work out for you!
Did you catch that? BEFORE! You see, what we fail to often times recognize and BELIEVE is that God really does know more than we do! He really does know the heart of people, which we’re 85% of the time totally oblivious too! He truly does know what’s around the corner and around the bend! Him warning us BEFORE something happens actually gives us a chance to alter posture, position, and our prayers. We can either proactively pray for strength to redirect our course of actions and align with His will, OR we can go ahead and do what we want to do, and find ourselves flat-on-our-back, now having to prayerfully repent and prayerfully start the journey all over. I don’t know about you, but I chose to heed, and pray for a redirect!
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, BEFORE the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— Ecclesiastes 12:1..…..I GET IT, I know we’re not kids, but sometimes we act just like disobedient rebellious knuckle-heads, so the Lord has to treat us like children!
Our failure to comply with the Lord’s nudges and Vital~signs, will ALWAYS lead to Knots and Nots..Knots upside our head, and we will Not make it, we will Not be successful, we will Not be blessed, and things will Not work out for us in the long run, etc…
I found the information in this article to be astoundingly familiar to how we live our daily lives! Let’s just be honest, we make the same applications, or the lack thereof, but then we wonder why we suffer spiritually, emotionally, relationally, mentally, financially and yes, politically. We fail to heed despite everything the Lord shows us about ourselves and even others, we Gloss Over all the Vital~ signs, and we ultimately experience Losses..
Beloved, often times the Lord reveals more than enough, but because we think we’ve lived long enough and that we’re grown enough to handle our own business, we ignore all the Vital~signs that He gives us. Been there done all of that TOO MANY TIMES TO COUNT AND NOT ENOUGH SPACE TO TELL IT ALL..
I’ve run into spiritual tsunamis, emotional tidal waves, relational hurricanes, mental tornadoes, financial famines, and I’ve been politically pistol whipped, all because I ignored the Lord’s Vital~signs, and I did things the way I wanted to do them! Guess what! Not this time! Not again! The wilderness was way too long and hard to go through that again! Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep, I’m listening THIS TIME Lord! I’m OBEYING THIS TIME LORD!
Vital~signs are critical in the medical community, but adhering to what the Lord says and reveals is of hypercritical value and importance to us in life and living..
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” 28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes…Matthew 7:24-29..
As I read this passage, the Lord said it’s applicable: Whoever hears these sayings, these teachings, these instructions, which not only teach us, but but often times serve as Vital ~signs and as litmus, illuminating where we are, where we’re going, and even what we’re doing, AND DOES THEM…..
Did you catch that? I hope so! Beloved it’s not enough for us to merely read the word of God for information, it should serve an inspiration catapulting us into doing what the Lord says. Let’s go a little further. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand…
This is what ultimately happens when we ignore the word of the Lord, what He teaches, and all that He shows us! This is what happens when we live life ignoring His Vital~signs! Nothing in our life lasts, and everything eventually becomes hectic and chaotic, which will ultimately lead to our demise!
Where are you this morning? What are you ignoring? What Vital~sign has the Lord given you that you’re glossing over?
Hey, it doesn’t matter where you are or how long you’ve been there! It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or who you’re doing it with! It doesn’t matter how bad you feel or how bad it looks! WHAT MATTERS is where you go from here! Turn to the Lord TODAY! His arms are open wide, and He’s knocking on the door of your heart saying, Just Do It! Just leap into My arms and I’ll lead you everywhere you need to go and I’l do whatever needs to be done, says the Lord!
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land….2 Chronicles 7:14..
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.….John 14:6.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”…Matthew 11:28-30