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It's Not about the Teeth

Posted by Mark Winebrenner on Jan 15, 2019 4:05:05 PM
Mark Winebrenner

It's Not about the teeth

 Last month someone asked me what the most important thing is I have learned in my life! Wow. She did not warn me or even warm me up with “What is your favorite color” or nothing. Just, “Oh, by the way, just wondering… and BAM!


The ONE MOST IMPORTANT THING that I have learned.


I heard a story about someone asking a 100-year-old man what was one of the valuable lessons he has learned in life. He said, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of my teeth.”.


Unfortunately, I knew I would not get by with an answer like that, so how do you summarize into a single response the one most important lesson of a 56-year life?


I spent the first half of my life with little to no interest in what God thought about me or my life. In 1989 I met Christ in a profound way and began my life with Him. When I got that question, my life flashed before my eyes and I instantly knew the answer. I can do nothing of true value apart from my Lord Jesus.


It was sobering but a blessing to get that sudden but loving reminder. I found immediate comfort in knowing that all I need to do to add value into the lives of people around me was to stay connected with my Lord and He will do amazing things.


Have you had those moments in life when you say or think “What’s the point?”? I know I have. To get to the point, God has a plan and He wants us in on it, but we get to choose His plan or our own. As someone who has literally lived half my life with Him and half without, I can say without a doubt, His plan is perfect.


Jesus says in John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”


Nothing of eternal value. Nothing that changes us or others with eternal significance. Jesus wants to do amazing things in us and through us and all we need say to Him is YES. 


Topics: Encouraging Words