What is a great disciple? And how do you become one? Great disciples share some key characteristics, each of which can be learned and applied in all areas of your life. As J4 Leaders live and lead for Christ in the marketplace, it’s critical that they continually focus on their own discipleship.
This year we are exploring some of the key characteristics of discipleship and how it applies to our work life. Each month encouragers will share their personal stories of how they have developed themselves, and what J4 Leaders should aspire to as disciples in the marketplace.
This month’s encourager, Beth Rudloff, Chief Operating Officer for UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, explored how J4 Leaders Aspire To . . . Have an Attitude of Gratitude. Specifically, we asked “how do stay full of gratitude even in the face of obstacles?” Beth shared the following keys to maintaining gratitude in the face of adversity.
- Reach out to others for support. Don’t face adversity, or experience success, in isolation. You have to reach out to others. Make the time to connect with others and there you will find gratitude.
- Reach out to help others. You can experience gratitude most when, in the midst of your adversity, you reach out to help someone else.
- Remember to think positively about your future. Beth pointed out the power of our thoughts in staying grateful despite our circumstance. “How you think about what happens to you is important as you move to your future.” Choose the right kind of thoughts. Choose thoughts that will help move you in the right direction.
Beth discovered that during her journey through cancer, all she had to do was show up because people came around and supported her in ways she never expected. For those people, and for that time, she has tremendous gratitude. Now, she truly understands what 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 means when it says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Beth Rudloff was appointed Chief Operating Officer for UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health in February 2011. She is responsible for the patient experience and operational oversight of UF Health Cancer Center Orlando.Beth's responsibilities include the overall planning, development and functions of UF Health Cancer Center Orlando in order to inspire hope by providing extraordinary care.
Beth joined Orlando Health in 1989. Prior to becoming COO, she was the Chief Nursing Officer for ORMC. Beth also held various positions including Chief Quality Officer, Director of Care Management, and Executive Director of Healthchoice. Beth holds a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Health Care Administration from Northcentral University, and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree from Bowling Green State University. She is also a Certified Nurse Executive - Advanced.
Beth is married and has two grown children. She lives in Casselberry, Florida.