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Dr. David Stanley, Montgomery and Prattville Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry & Orthodontics

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RRJ: You recognized Christ as your Savior when you were in elementary school and “walked the straight and narrow” as you grew into a man, but your view of being a Christian changed while you were in college.  What was the difference?

It has changed.  As my faith has matured, I have come to see that none of us really walk the “straight and narrow”.  We are all still sinners who need Christ on a daily basis.  As I have seen the depth of my own sin I’ve come to see the depth of God’s love and grace towards me as well.  That has now become my motivation for wanting to obey and follow Him.

 

 

RRJ: Yes, our faith should be maturing and growing as we gain understanding of God’s truths, but we can’t discount the previous stages in that process.  How thankful are you for the Christian foundation laid by your parents and those in the church who helped disciple you?

 

I am so blessed and thankful to have been raised by godly parents who led me to Christ at an early age.  They laid a strong foundation for my faith. God has also put so many people in my life to disciple me and point me to Christ.  I am blessed with wonderful friends who give me biblical counsel and wisdom when I need it. While the church is a place of membership, the universal church, meaning all Christians, is the bigger picture of having others involved in our lives to love and encourage us.  

 

 

RRJ:  Being a child of God is something you never turn off.  It’s who you are.  As a pediatric dentist at Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics how does your faith impact your work?

 

My faith is the foundation of how I treat our patients.  I am not only a pediatric dentist, I am a Christian who happens to be a pediatric dentist.  My desire is that I would represent Christ well in whatever I do.  While I will often fail, that is what I strive for.  I desire to treat our patients the way I would want to be treated.  It also means that I perform my work to the best of my ability.  We have a lot of patients and parents at our office every day, so there are many opportunities throughout the day to represent Christ to others.

 

 

RRJ: You mentioned to me earlier that one of the goals you have is to make coming to the dentist fun.  Some people might think the only way to live for God at work is to lead a Bible study with co-workers, but can making a trip to the dentist fun be a way of honoring God?

 

Our office is designed to be a friendly and fun environment that encourages children to grow up enjoying coming to the dentist.  A large part of creating that environment is having an office staff that is patient and kind.  We have wonderful employees who do a great job of that.  I believe God is honored when we treat others with these virtues.

 

 

RRJ:  Living your faith @ work starts way before you show up to the office on Monday morning.  How does your wife and your church assist you in glorifying God daily?

 

My wife is a huge influence and encouragement to my faith.  She knows me, sees all of my flaws and loves me anyway.  As a husband, I recognize ways I do not live up to the standards of loving my wife the way God loves me.  That is a daily reminder of how I am loved by God despite my imperfect love for Him.  My wife and church are two of the consistent factors in my life that remind me daily of my need for Christ.  My church is the influence of people who encourage my walk with Christ through teaching and community.

 

 

RRJ: Finally, is there a particular verse or passage of Scripture that gives you hope and inspiration for living this way?

 

Ephesians 2 talks about how all Christians were before we came to salvation in Christ.  It tells us that we are all spiritually dead apart from Him.  I love the words in verse 4, “But God.”  God, in his great mercy for us, while we were still sinners, made us alive through Christ.  We are saved by grace through faith as a gift from God.  Knowing that I do not have to earn God’s favor through my attempts at being a good person is extremely freeing.  Out of gratitude for all He has done for me I am motivated to be His reflection in my work and my home.

 

 

Thank you, David, for taking the time to share your story and help us see practical ways we can all live out our faith beyond the church walls.

 

 

David is married to Natalie and they have four children: Coleman (12), Cameron (9), Delaney (9), and Hayes (4). The family attends Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

 

 

 

 

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