"Flossing" and Truth Telling
He went on to explain that he had lied to the dentist earlier that day. The dentist had asked "have you been flossing regularly?" He said "yes". He actually had been flossing periodically, but he didn't feel like he was "regular".
When we finished our prayer time, he said with fear in his voice - "I think God wants me to go to the dentist to tell him I lied and ask him for forgiveness." What does a parent say to that? Nice sentiment son, but life's busy this week, I don't think we can swing it. Nah, we would get him there next day, for sure.
Of course, that next morning, his little heart wasn't quite so willing. "Maybe it's not that big of a deal, dad", he said. The reality of what it would feel like to walk into the office - up to the counter and ask to see the dentist was beginning to sink in. "Mom will be there with you buddy, it'll be alright - I don't think God changed His mind since last night". He nodded in agreement, but he was going to be dreading it all day.
My wife took him in there after school........and it went as scripted. One of the hygenists even teared up when she saw his heart felt honesty and request for forgiveness.
My son had some how turned the recurring sin of every American with or without 12-year old molars into a redemptive moment. Honesty, especially when it is accompanied by a sincere request for forgiveness is a foreign thing in our culture. After reflecting on this story, I'm reminded anew that I have ample opportunity to "do the right thing" daily - and make a difference.