APRIL 7, 2017 - APRIL 20, 2017

Over the past 29 years I have written hundreds of newspaper articles from a variety of places. Most of time I am sitting in my office trying to craft words into sentences that will hopefully make the reader smile and think at the same time. Since I have to write a column every week, I have to make the best use of my time and not miss an opportunity to catch a thought and turn it into an story of encoragement. This is also true of inspiration in writing an article. The inspiration for a column may come from any and every situation that occurs in my life. This is the case for today’s article, because I am sitting in a dentist chair with a bib over my shirt and an I-pod in my lap, awaiting a “crown!”

I don’t want to say things have been difficult in my life lately, but I can tell you without any reservation that I am not looking forward to getting my crown! I know I am going to get a shot, and the dentist is going to grind down my tooth (or what’s left of it!) to a nub and put my crown in its proper place. Is it going to hurt when the Novocain wears off in a few hours? Do I need to answer this question? Hopefully the end result of the crown will be worth the pain that I am about to feel over the next few days. I have decided to make the best out of a painful situtation and instead of moaning and groaning about my present location. Since I am an inquisitive person, a number of questions race through my mind while waiting for the dentist to get me ready for my new, shiny crown. First of all, why do they call it a crown when it goes on your tooth? A crown should be something that goes on your head after proving your worth through faithfulness or courage. The word “crown” sounds majestic and honorable. Maybe they call it a “crown” because it is expensive and something you will never forget. Nobody wants to pay a ton of money for something called a “hat” or “cap” for your tooth, I have never seen a hat that I needed insurance and a co-pay to buy! One the other hand, if your tooth is going to get its own crown, well, no cost is too high!!! Secondly, when your tooth gets its own crown, one size does not fit all. Right now I am waiting for my crown to be molded while I am in sitting in the dentist chair. Believe it or not, this chair is comfortable, I wouldn’t mind having one at home to relax in and watch the Braves on television this season. If the numbness wears off so I can speak, I will ask the dentist where I can get a chair like this. Anyway, it is good to know that my crown will feel like my old tooth, without the big crack that was in my old tooth. Thirdly, up to this point, the worst part of getting a crown that nobody can see except a dentist or someone I’m trying to bite, is waiting for the crown to be installed. I wonder if the dentist is going to make an official statement as she glues it to my tooth? Something like, “I crown thee Molar 31 for the proper occlusion for the oral cavity of Vince Hefner...May the bite be with you!” I guess the article will be completed before that part takes place, so you will have to ask me when you see me on the street! Back to my purpose for this article, crowns. 2 Timothy 4:8 says, “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousnes, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” The crown that the Apostle Paul mentions cannot bebought with money, or covered by insurance! This crown can only come from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Do you have this crown?

Remember, Don’t Give In To Sin. Think About It!

Dr. Vincent Hefner

First Baptist Church

of Cherryville