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Truth Decay

by Allen Scott  
6/03/2007 / Humor

Visits from the tooth fairy brought a toothless grin to my face as a child but as I get older visits from the tooth fairy are not as welcomed as they once where.

A toothless grin was cute on a small boy but as a grown man those missing teeth are a tell-tale sign of the advancement of age. I recall being told as a child to brush my teeth in order to prevent the painful consequences of not doing so. Tooth decay was not something as a child I thought much about. Visits to the dentist seemed a waste of time when I was younger but those trips to the tooth doctor for preventive maintenance helped defer tooth decay for many years to follow.

Well those years have come and gone and visits to the dentist have been less frequent then needed and tooth decay has taken its toil on my once pearly whites. Not much to do at this point but have the broken teeth extracted leaving gaps in the pearly gates. All the whitening strips on the store shelf can not restore that which has fallen away from decay.

Advancements in dentistry have produced numerous options for those of us who find ourselves loosing a few when we chew. As a child a loose tooth meant a visit from the tooth fairy was not far behind. Having a second set of teeth to replace those which we lost when we got older was a great idea. It is nice to know you have a spare in case you loose one or two. Oh to be young again. The only spares we get when we get older are the ones we buy from the orthodontist. Somehow it is not the same. Sometimes the best things in life are wasted on the young. Why did God not give us a third set to replace the second set as we enter into our second childhood? Alas it is not for me to understand such things.

Having a few missing teeth makes eating an adventure. Keeping the food from collecting in the gaps between your teeth is a lot more fun then when there were not gaps. Flossing takes on a whole new meaning. No longer are you flossing with dental floss the gaps are so wide you need a tooth brush. Perhaps we should rename an adult toothbrush to something more descriptive. I mean gum massager would probably be a more fitting nomenclature.

It is comforting to know that I am not alone when it comes to the onset of tooth decay. Of course I would much prefer not to have it but it is a little too late for that. So I set a date to visit the tooth fairy reluctantly. The only way to prevent tooth decay is to have regular visits from the tooth doctor. Flossing and brushing and regular visits to the dentist is the best way to stave off unwanted gaps in those pearly gates.

Neglecting regular checkups are detrimental in many areas of our life. Regular visits to the doctor, the dentist and other health professionals is just good preventive medicine. Those words written on the side of the toothpaste box are so prophetic.

"Brush your teeth at least twice a day."


"Floss daily."


"Visit your dentist regularly."

Okay define regularly. Neglecting any of these steps may result in rapid onset of tooth decay.

In much the same way our lives can quickly suffer from Truth decay if we neglect the instructions set forth for us by the great physician of our souls.

Hebrews 10:22-27 (GW)"22 We have been sprinkled {with his blood} to free us from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with clean water. So we must continue to come {to him} with a sincere heart and strong faith. 23 We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful. 24 We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. 25 We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming. 26 If we go on sinning after we have learned the truth, no sacrifice can take away our sins. 27 All that is left is a terrifying wait for judgment and a raging fire that will consume God's enemies."

God's word says clearly that we have been washed and are clean.


"We must continue to come to God with a sincere heart and strong faith."

Yep can do that from the comforts of my home.


"We must hold firm to our faith."


"Consider how to encourage each other to show love and do good things."

You mean I have to help others do good things? I thought each one was responsible for themselves?

"We must not stop gathering together with other believers but must continue to encourage each other even more so as we see the day of the Lord coming".

OUCH! That one hurts. I guess watching the televangelist is not real fellowship?

Gathering together with other believers is a requirement for our spiritual health and wellbeing. Failure to do so could leave us in far worse shape then loosing a few teeth to tooth decay. We are in fear of loosing our very lives from truth decay. There are no dentures or caps that will keep us from the judgment that is to come from God. He is not likely going to look the other way and excuse us from doing what He expects of us.

Having regular dental check ups can prevent tooth decay and having regular spiritual checkups can prevent truth decay. Have you had your check up lately?

Now if you will excuse me I need to make an appointment with the ophthalmologist.

Random ramblings from your resident birdbrain. Waxing eloquent on things that I find interesting along the flight path. Spreading bird droppings along your spiritual pathways.

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