The Full Treatment

The other day it occurred to me that i haven’t been to the dentist in years.  I mean, nothing hurts so i keep brushing my teeth and go on my merry way… Still i can’t shake this nagging feeling like i’m due.

CS Lewis once wrote, “When I was a child, I often had a toothache, and I knew that if I went to my mother, she would give me something which would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep. But I did not go to my mother–at least not till the pain became very bad. And the reason I did not go was this: I did not doubt she would give me the aspirin; but I knew she would also do something else. I knew she would take me to the dentist the next morning.

I could not get what I wanted out of her without getting something more, which I did not want. I wanted immediate relief from my pain; but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right. And I knew those dentists; I knew they would start fiddling about with all sorts of other teeth which had not yet begun to ache.

Our Lord is like the dentists. Dozens of people go to him to be cured of some particular sin. Well, he will cure it all right, but he will not stop there. That may be all you asked; but if you once call him in, he will give you the full treatment”

…better get in soon.

By | 2011-04-14T20:52:36+00:00 April 14th, 2011|Learning|