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Giving credit where credit is due (standard:Inspirational stories, 901 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Jan 29 2012Views/Reads: 1557/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
I am rather old-fashioned in some areas of my life, which I do not intend to upgrade to current standards. I do not believe in changing something unless it really needs to be changed. A crazy phobia is going around these days suggesting that if something

I am rather old-fashioned in some areas of my life, which I do not
intend to upgrade to current standards. I do not believe in changing 
something unless it really needs to be changed. A crazy phobia is going 
around these days suggesting that if something is old, it must not be 
any good and if it is new, it must be good. 

I think old Solomon was right when he said, "there is no new thing under
the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV). 

So, I am never intimidated by some new gizmo or gadget that comes down
the line. One of the things I have no intention of upgrading is in the 
area of giving credit. I believe in giving credit where credit is due. 
After all, I need all the credit I can get these days. 

If somebody does something that blesses me, I am beholden to give them
their due credit. I am under the opinion that if I give enough people 
enough credit that one day I just may be able to cash in. 

This all came to me this past week when I had my visit to the dentist. I
make it a rule that once a decade to visit my dentist whether I need to 
or not. The thing that spurred my visit to the dentist this time was 
one of my fillings had fallen out. Actually, I am assuming it fell out 
because where it used to be was a hole in my tooth. Upon pondering the 
situation to its logical conclusion, I must have eaten my filling. 

This dental hygienic situation brought me to my latest visit with my
dental hygienist. While I was there, I thought I would save time, if 
not money, and have my teeth cleaned. Every decade I like to have my 
teeth cleaned. According to my dentist's records, the last time I had 
my teeth cleaned was 13 years ago. So, it is time. 

Because it was so long since my last visit with the dentist, he insisted
on taking pictures of all my teeth. I hope to get copies so I can post 
it on my Facebook. After all, what would my Facebook be without 
pictures of teeth? 

I had forgotten the whole procedure of dental photography. It took an
entire hour to photograph all my teeth one at a time. During the sixty 
minutes of my photography shoot, I had to keep my mouth open. I have 
never had my mouth open for so long in all my life. 

After this, I have a new appreciation for women. How they keep their
mouth open for so long is one of those mysteries husbands will never be 
able to unravel. 

The upshot of my visit with the dentist was I had a clean bill of health
regarding my teeth and gums. I must have been doing something right to 
have such healthy teeth and gums for a person my age. 

When the dentist said "a person my age," I was not sure if he was
insulting me or congratulating me for good health. Being the gentleman 
that I am, I took the latter. 

"I don't know what you're doing," the dentist said cheerfully as I left
his office, "just keep it up." With that, I left the dentist office. 

I thought a lot about what he said and I have come to a major
conclusion. I like giving credit where credit is due, so I had to think 
long and hard about whom to credit for my good dental health. 

Certainly, I could congratulate the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage
on her superb dietary work in the kitchen. Without doubt, it pays to 
eat the right food if you are going to have good health. But I think it 
goes much further than this. 

What am I doing to credit such a good dental health report? 

Then it came to me. 

Have you ever given serious thought about something for so long, you
seem to be getting nowhere, and then all of a sudden, it hits you? 

I know what I can credit my excellent dental health. Apple Fritters.
That is right. The reason I have good teeth and good gums is because of 
a consistent diet of Apple Fritters. After all, everybody knows the 
main ingredient of an Apple Fritter is an Apple. There is nothing 
better for a person than an Apple. 

Where the Fritter comes in is very simple. The Fritter part of an Apple
Fritter is the means by which my body can assimilate the nutritional 
aspects of the Apple. The Fritter facilitates the good parts of the 
Apple to every part of my body. 

Therefore, with a deep sense of humility and gratefulness, I credit my
dental health to the regular consumption of Apple Fritters. A friend of 
mine recently suggested that I might be addicted to Apple Fritters, but 
I kindly remonstrated him by explaining I am addicted to good dental 

My spiritual health is a different matter. 

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you
faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the 
only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, 
both now and for ever. Amen" (Jude 1:24-25 KJV). 

God gets all the credit in my life for my spiritual health now and


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