Day 22

December 19

December 19

Matthew 11:28-30

28 "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

A Life that Reflects His Glory

by Cheolho Sim, Ph.D.

This verse reminds me of an experience a few years ago at a conference for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. It was the year following the Ebola virus crisis in Central Africa. In order to commemorate the doctors, nurses and field scientists who lost their lives while working to prevent the epidemic, a memorial space was created for the society members to commemorate the lives lost.

I stopped to honor them, but as I saw various photos and stories, I stayed there for several hours without realizing it. The stories of turning a church site into a temporary ward and taking care of the patients, the crosses filling the empty space to bury bodies in a hurry, and above all, the stories of medical missionaries who remained and helped patients despite the advice to return to their home countries.

It felt like I was in a place of worship. Perhaps it was because of how their lives reflected the life of Jesus, seated on a high throne, born of this lowly earth, and bound to perish for us. Ironically, the land, abandoned by many people due to the plague and filled with many crosses, seemed to mirror the very coming of Jesus. It became a moment to reflect on the grace of being saved and to see if I was living a life with this whole-hearted, passionate Jesus in me.

Today, remembering this verse and that holy moment, I pray that I live by Jesus every day and live a life that reflects his glory, and through this, I get down on my knees, raise my hands and praise the Lord.

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Cheolho Sim, Ph.D.Cheolho Sim, Ph.D.

Cheolho Sim, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biology within the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sim has dedicated his research toward suppressing mosquito populations and slowing the spread of disease, specifically West Nile Virus, and he recently earned a grant from the National Science Foundation to advance those efforts.

True to his lab’s motto, “driven by science, guided by compassion,” Dr. Sim exemplifies the impact Baylor professors can have on academic discovery in such important areas as Health and Human Flourishing. Dr. Sim is a beloved professor whose students thrive through research opportunities, mentorship and his teaching.