I am aware of two renowned F.B. Meyer’s in this world. One was a well known English pastor from the 19th century. The other F.B. Meyer is a world renowned neuro surgeon at Mayo Clinic in the early 21st century who is operating on me in a week-and-a-half. One was a surgeon of the soul. The other is a surgeon of the brain.
1. The first F.B. Meyer was a pastor, author, and Bible teacher, who once stated his life’s purpose in this way by way of a prayer to God: “Make the most of me that can be made for Thy glory.” That’s not a bad motto for anyone’s life.
I came across a quote by F.B. Meyer several years ago that I tucked into a file. When I became aware of another F.B. Meyer, who would fast become an important person in my life, I remembered something of this quote and dug it up.
This is sound advice in any age. It would be a good quote for the good surgeon to display in his office as he deals everyday with very serious matters. It is also sound counsel for any of us who deal with the vicissitudes of life in a fallen world.
This F.B. Meyer gave some sound advice on what to do in a crisis. He once wrote, “Never act in panic, nor allow man to dictate to you; calm yourself and be still; force yourself into the quiet of your closet until the pulse beats normally and the “scare” has ceased to disturb. When you are most eager to act is the time when you will make the most pitiable mistakes. Do not say in your heart what you will or will not do, but wait upon God until He makes known His way. So long as that way is hidden, it is clear that there is no need of action, and that He accounts Himself responsible for all results of keeping you where you are.”
2. F.B. Meyer #2 is a neurosurgeon. I have no idea if he has ever even heard of the preacher from England. No matter. These two different kinds of surgeons have more in common than one might initially suppose. I respect and admire each of them equally for what one did and the other does.
F.B. Meyer 1 gave some fabulous advice that is good in every age. But in these days I’m feeling more love for F.B. Meyer #2. Please pray that he would be at the top of his game on Feb. 12th.