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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: Down Country Roads
By Jan Ackerson
03/14/05


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It is one of the hottest summers in anyone’s memory. We are camping with several families from our church, and the dense July air has pressed us into immobility. The treeless camp lots attract relentless sunshine. Steam rises from canvas tents and pop-up trailers. Our children are too hot to complain, unable to expend the energy needed for speech. We lie on our woven lounge chairs, panting slightly.

With great effort, our persistent friend Jeff rouses us from lethargy with the suggestion of a trip away from the campground. We plod to our dusty cars and agree to follow him to an ice cream parlor in the next county. None of us knows where it is, but Jeff assures us that he will lead us there.

Our little caravan winds through the back roads of rural Michigan. Following Jeff’s lead, we turn down roads that none of us knew existed. We screech around corners when he turns suddenly without benefit of turn signals. We watch unfamiliar scenery fly by, uncertain that we’ll ever reach our destination.

Fifty minutes later, Jeff leads us into the parking lot of the ice cream parlor. Although we have not ordered yet, we are laughing, curiously refreshed and energized by the wild ride. Our leader has taken us in unexpected ways to an unfamiliar place. We rarely took the safe or unexpected path, but there was true refreshment and rest at the destination.


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Deena Walls03/21/05
This was delightful ! But does it really get that hot in Michigan ?: )
donna robinson03/22/05
This was a great read down the country roads;roads that we often overlook unless we are willing to take a chance and follow the leader! The humidity in that area that gets so much snow and rain can be umbearable! I enjoyed this.
Cassandra Plummer03/24/05
This is a well put. Following God requires trust in Him. Looking back at the beginning of my spiritual journey Early 1990's if I could have known some of the trials I would have gone through in suffering for the kingdom of God I do not know if I could have said yes to following Jesus. But where I am at now, I can honestly say I have no regrets. God's rewards out way the unknowns. Now I know it is okay to not know where I am going. Because I know with God the destination will be safe, refreshing and good for me. Thanks for writing and submitting this to FaithWriters.com
Jessica Campbell03/24/05
I really like the way you explained leadership using this story. Great Job!
Jacquelyn Horne05/29/07
I enjoyed reading this. It sounds like a really fun time. I just love good Christian fellowship.