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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)

TITLE: Dusty Leaves
By Elizabeth Ingersoll
11/06/07


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I sat down at the dining room table with a million things to do and yet, nothing to do. I noticed the parched houseplant serving as the centerpiece, and carried it to the kitchen. As I placed it in the sink, its lengthy vines dangling over the edge, I noticed a thick layer of dust on the leaves.

“Neglected and dirty,” I thought, like so many parts of my life.

I turned on the faucet and grabbed the sprayer to wash away the grime. It sat unresponsive in my hand. Upon closer inspection, I could see that the trigger was broken. Repeatedly I tried to fix it, but it was no use. I would have to wait for my husband to repair it.

I turned the faucet on again and used my hands instead to splash water on my plant, gently rubbing each leaf to clean it. I wanted to reveal the shiny green that was buried under the dirt. With just a bit of attention and effort, my plant was worthy of being a centerpiece again. The soil was saturated, a lovely dark brown now. No longer dry and cracked. The leaves could breathe again. They had been freed from their casement, and glistened an emerald green with an illusion of newness.

So often we let our souls get dusty with neglect. Our daily routines rob us of the time we should spend with our Lord, and as a result we are ineffective evangelists. When we are spiritually parched, we have no nourishment to thrive on. How can we feed others when we are starved ourselves? When we are dust-laden, we cannot breathe. We become fruitless Christians, unable to share our faith.

We don’t have to wait for our spouse or friend or pastor to “fix” us. If we ask our Father, He will revive us. He will fill us to overflowing with His Living Water, and quench our thirst. We will be washed clean in His mercy and love. We will again be able to take in a grateful, deep breath, and exhale in peace and joy. We will shine with the Newness of Life, so brightly that others can’t help but to see.


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Joy Faire Stewart11/12/07
Love the analogy in this piece. This would make a wonderful devotional. Great job!
LauraLee Shaw11/13/07
Great word picture!
Patty Wysong11/13/07
Very good! Add a some Scripture and this would be a wonderful devotional! Well done!
Jan Ackerson 11/14/07
Great title, great illustration. This may be a little bit weak on topic, but it's very well-written.