Meet Dr. Charles Page!
Healing someone’s body and soul is the ultimate goal of this skilled surgeon. He is on a mission to bring peace into people’s lives despite the dire circumstances that lead them to his medical facility. BTSCelebs was recently given the golden opportunity to interview Dr. Page and learn a little more about him and gain some quality advice to live by.
BTSCelebs: Who is Dr. Charles Page?
Dr. Charles Page: When I explain what I do to people, I tell them, I’m the best guy to see on the worst day of your life. I’m a small-town surgeon in Texas. Most people don’t know I exist until something bad happens. Cancer. A car wreck. The need for emergency surgery.
Being a surgeon is one of the many hats I wear. I’m a husband, a dad, an author, a speaker, a small-business owner and a deacon in my church.
That’s what I do. Here’s who I am. I am a child God, growing in faith and doing my best to cooperate with God as He leads. I’m a work in progress.
What inspired you to write “Surrendered Sleep”?
‘Surrendered Sleep’ grew out of sleep deprivation and my quest for answers. My struggles are multi-faceted: phone calls from the hospital, trips to the emergency room, tough decisions that keep me awake, my own health challenges.
I searched the scriptures for help. In the process, I realized how much the Bible says about sleep and rest. Sleep was God’s idea.
You have a busy schedule as a surgeon, storyteller, father and author. How to you make time for relaxation?
I continue to learn of my need to turn everything off and give it to God. Screens. Worries. Distracting thoughts. When I let go of those things and trust God to do for me what I can’t do for myself—I sleep better.
Humans, unlike most animals, were created to turn off. Giraffes, elephants, deer sleep, on average, three to four hours in a twenty-four cycle. To survive, they must stay alert—around the clock. In contrast, humans sleep about eight hours during the same time period. I believe our sleep-wake cycle reminds us that we need to release control. When we do, we let God do for us what we can’t do for ourselves as we lay down to rest.
What does the Bible say about getting a good night’s rest?
The Bible doesn’t offer any formulas for a good night’s sleep. Instead, it provides a framework for rest which flows out of a growing relationship with Christ.
We often think, God turns off as we lay our heads on our pillows. But the reverse is true. God remains active as we sleep, work in and for us.
The scriptures present several attitudes about sleep and rest. The first is a calm heart. Jesus slept in the bow of ship—in the middle of a storm. Like the Lord, we can turn off and trust God when life’s challenges threaten sleep.
A calm heart knows that God’s providence, protection and provision are working in their lives as they rest. A calm heart practices prayer, meditation and the spiritual disciplines when they lay down to rest.
A wise heart knows that the best way to get a good night’s rest begins the moment we wake up. A wise heart makes sound decisions that set them up for refreshing sleep:
“My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” (Prov. 3:21-24, NIV).
Sleep flows out of a life filled with wisdom. We need to grow in judgement and discernment in every part of our lives–our health, our relationships, our day to day decisions. Everything affects our sleep.
Here’s a thought to ponder. There are over one thousand sleep disorders. We need to be wise about our health and consult a physician if we are having problems sleeping.
Is there a way to obtain proper rest with a newborn in the home?
An old adage says: “Those who sleep like a baby, probably don’t have one.” Once again, the Bible doesn’t give us a formula. My wife and I have five children. Two of which have left the nest. We sometimes lose more sleep thinking about our grown kids now than we did caring for them when they were babies. Small kids—small problems. Big kids—bigger problems. You’re always going to have something which will try to rob your sleep.
Remember, whatever stage in life you are in—it’s just a season. Babies grow. Time passes quickly. Relish the opportunity you have now with your young children. In Psalm 127 the writer links several principles together–sleep, children and labor: “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psa. 127:1-3, NIV).
In your family, in your work and in your sleep, learn to make room for grace. Get in rhythm with your child’s sleep patterns. Here’s four ideas than can help you sleep like a baby—even when you have one:
Sleep, when they sleep.
Give God your to do list and let him work for you as you rest.
Don’t major on the minors. If things don’t get done, then perhaps God didn’t intend for you to do it in the first place.
If possible, build a team so you can take breaks.
What do you hope readers take away from your book?
There is a time to sleep and a time to get up. I want readers to learn to cooperate with God, recognize what He is doing in their lives, grow spiritually and draw upon His resources—awake or sleeping. We’ll get our sleep and activity right when we align ourselves with what God is doing in our lives. Sleep, activity—everything—flows from our abiding relationship with Christ. As we learn to depend on God, he will show us and give us the proper balance of sleep, work and activity.
What other projects should we expect from you this year and the next?
I am promoting my newest book, ‘A Spoonful of Courage for the Sick and Suffering’. These inspirational stories help the ill focus upward and outward instead of inward.
Lord willing, the second book in this series, ‘A Spoonful of Courage for Caregivers’, will come out before the end of 2020. The people who often suffer most are not the sick, but those helping them. They need to be encouraged as well.
I’ve also got three children’s books which will be coming out in 2020, Climbing the Upside-Down Tree, The Lizard in Lizzie’s Gizzard and Fluffy’s Christmas Homecoming.
I also have a podcast which helps those going through a health crisis stay focused on God.
Learn more about Dr. Page and his upcoming activities by visiting his official website at CharlesWPage.com
* BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to Dr. Charles Page and Biscuit Media Group for the interview and images.*