12th September 2019
I’m known for being a planner. I like to set my diary weeks, months, even years ahead. Meetings, preaches, preparation time, evenings off, all of these are in my diary well into 2020, some as far as 2021, and holidays are booked at least twelve months in advance. But sometimes, despite the best of intentions, life doesn’t go according to plan.
On Monday morning I visited my dentist, expecting to be told I would need some minor treatment for a niggling problem. I was not expecting her to say, ‘Steve, that tooth is cracked, I’m afraid it will have to come out.’ It was not what I wanted to hear, and not the best start to the week. I had things to do, meetings to get to! After a brief discussion about the options available to me, we decided to deal with it immediately. After all I thought, the sooner it’s done, the sooner I can get on with my day. If only life was that simple…
I will spare you all the gory details. Let’s just say things did not go to plan and my dentist was only able to remove part of the tooth. She quickly concluded I would need to see a specialist and made an emergency referral. I was advised to take heavy-duty painkillers and am due to have the rest of the tooth surgically removed under sedation on Thursday morning.
So my week has been somewhat different to the one I had expected. However, I am a firm believer in finding the opportunity in every crisis, and this experience is teaching me that actually, most things can wait a week. I am very grateful to the fantastic team who have covered for me. And I have a new appreciation for dentists – what would we do without them?
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.