There was a man named Ian Durkin who was working one day when his tooth fell out of his mouth. After a few days of badgering him, his partner convinced him to see a dentist. The dentist promptly warned him to visit a doctor since he perceived the issue to be much more serious. Ian Durkin refused because, to quote his partner, “he was stubborn like that.” Eventually, he developed serious issues to the point where he was even screaming out in pain. He died in his sleep only a few days later.
There is a sense in all of us that wants to avoid confrontation. Especially when it has to do with us being confronted. We tend to neglect our physical health, and want to always assume the best of ourselves; we tend to give ourselves a pass and think that our problems are less severe than they truly are. This is sometimes true for our body, but it is exponentially more so when it comes to our spiritual life. We always assume we are doing better than we are, and we have a tendency to minimize our sin while maximizing others’. The fact of the matter is that we need continual checkups on our spiritual health.
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