While waiting for my mom at the dentist’s office, I was blessed to overhear a short conversation between the receptionist and an elderly woman. The receptionist asked her, “How do you stay so healthy?” Her reply delighted me: “I take what the Lord gives me … and He gave me a mouthful of teeth.”
I love that! What a great attitude – and a good testimony to God’s goodness! And what a great reminder to remember our Creator and give thanks. I got to thinking – how often do I take time to thank God for my teeth – or any other part of my body, for that matter. It’s so easy just to take things for granted – until something goes wrong. And then we are more likely to complain than give thanks.
Our teeth are such a vital part of our bodies. They are superbly designed to help us effectively process a wide variety of foods – incisors for biting, “canines” for ripping and tearing, and various molars for crushing and grinding. They are really the first part of our digestive system – and a very necessary part at that – unless we want to subsist on a liquid diet.
So next time you bite into a juicy apple, or chomp down on a delicious steak, be sure to “chew your food” well. And while you do, thank God for the food and also for the wonderful design of your teeth to enjoy it. Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Mary Jo Nutting
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