Do or Don’t

25 01 2008

Sitting in the dentist chair after my check-up as Dr. Fang (yes, that’s his real name) told me I had 2 new cavities made me feel a bit irresponsible. He said the fact that the bad spots were in between the teeth indicated I had not been flossing like I should.

He was right. That’s what got me. Flossing? Sheesh! Since I was in kindergarten I’ve known I should floss. The whole drilling and filling extravaganza could have been avoided if I would’ve just taken the time to do what I already knew to do.

James 4:17 in The Message says, “In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.”

There is our lesson. So many times in our quest to (BE)TTER, we already know inside what we should or shouldn’t do. If we just keep taking it one day at a time and training ourselves to follow those instincts, we will avoid bad spots and find fulfillment.

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3 responses

25 01 2008
timglass

Exactly!
In doing the right thing, we need to adopt the Nike slogan: “Just do it.”

Great reminder!

25 01 2008
adam

That is a great point. I went to the dentist Tuesday and had the exact same conversation you had, and now I have to get 2 fillings. My first 2 ever!

26 01 2008
altheforce

floss..the last time i flossed was after the dental hygeinist scraped my teeth until they bled…but ya know i still don’t floss. i just remember the last dentist telling me i was bullet proof no cavities. well…i guess i need to floss… good practical word!

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