Meridian Star

April 13, 2013

From the Shepherd’s heart

By Dr. John A. Temple / Guest columnist
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

— Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

   This week I had a wonderful experience! I had a root canal. I know you think I am crazy, but, let me tell you what happened.

    I parked in front of an endodontic office about ten minutes early, so I decided to pray. This was my first root canal and no one gave much encouragement about this being a positive experience. I decided to thank the Lord for being in control of my day. I asked that this event would go smoothly and show me His presence through the procedure.

    This endodontic office has an unusual name; “Watermark.” As I passed the sign to enter the building, I wondered why someone names a dental office, “Watermark?” Throughout the procedure, Christian music was playing. As a matter of fact, Dr. Mark Moore increased the volume when he began the work. I wondered if the music was because he knew I was a minister. I noticed several times he whistled with the music while he worked on me.

    The procedure went very smoothly and I experienced less pain after the procedure than before. I felt totally relieved about the entire ordeal and I felt especially blessed by the spiritual emphasis in a medical facility.

    That night, Dr. Moore called to check on me. As we talked, I complimented the Christian music. That is when I learned why the office is called “Watermark.” Dr. Moore said he uses his office as a ministry to do his part for the “Great Commission.”

    He said a watermark is something seen in paper when held up to the light. His hope was that when his office is held up to the light others will see Jesus as the trademark of his work. The Christian music was not just for me. He plays that all the time. Dr. Moore wants to make “root canals” a witness for Christ.

    The reason I have called this a wonderful experience is that I have seen this week how all Christians should live. Whatever we do should all be done for the cause of Christ. All Christians should see their occupation as their mission field.

    If all would intentionally reflect Christ, this community would be changed.

The “watermark” I saw on Dr. Mark Moore was that of Jesus! An experience I had dreaded for weeks became the greatest blessing I have seen in weeks.

    All of us should hold our lives up to the light of Christ and see what “watermark” is there. Only when Jesus is allowed to transform our lives will His mark be seen. May Dr. Moore’s occupation of Christian witness expand in all of us!

    Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.