Daily Thanks – 26 of 30

Good morning! It’s Day 26 of being THANKFUL for the daily blessings we receive, being kept alive by God’s Grace.
Today’s message may not be so inspiring to many, but is very important for me: I’m so thankful to still have all my teeth intact!
At the young age of around 19 or 20, I was diagnosed with periodontitis. This is a disease of the gums which infect and destroy tissue, and even bones in the jaw.
I didn’t think much of it at the time other than I may have been brushing my teeth too hard (so hard that I often broke toothbrushes in my mouth when brushing), or that my asthma inhalers were making my gums recede.
But my dentist said I should treat the condition seriously, as if I were told that I had heart disease. He said at age 20, my gums were that of a 50 year-old and the eventual outcome if left untreated is that my teeth would fall out as more bone is lost.
About two years ago I underwent surgery to cut away part of the gums so that I’m able to clean the teeth better. I guess it was the closest I’ll get to understanding childbirth in terms of pain (unless I get kidney stones!)
I don’t know how long I will be able to keep all my teeth so I have to cherish each bite of food I eat. I must also reflect on the mind that has caused this type of illness, which is not very common in developed countries.
The gums support the teeth and keep them straight and secure. If I reflect upon that divine working, I realize that I should be more supportive of others, encouraging and lifting them up instead of cutting people down, which my words  sometimes tend to do.
I must work on sweeping away my arrogance and humbling myself, and I will get immediate help from my co-workers because I just lost our fantasy football league & will have to don a pair of pink license plates for the next month which screams “LOSER”. Yes, I am Thankful!!

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Taiheiyo Church

I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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