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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)

TITLE: Tell Me More
By Tina Beauchamp


Sally and Tina were sitting having their weekly “lets get together, even if we don’t want to” time together with their cup of coffee. Sally often meets with Tina as they have been friends for over 20 years. Sally is not saved but Tina is. So, once again, they meet for coffee at their favorite spot known only to the locals as ‘the spot.’ Once again the question of gifts comes up, as it is so close to Christmas. Generally, Sally and Tina exchange Christmas gifts, even though Sally only gives a gift because Tina gives her one. Sally has no intention of acting like she gives Tina a gift for the pure sake of celebrating Christmas. So as they sat at their spot with their warm cups of coffee that was steaming with the aroma only coffee can entice one with. Sally starts with asking Tina a question. A question that Sally has never asked Tina before. Sally asked “So what is it I keep hearing you Christians always talking about gifts? I mean, so what’s the big deal anyway? What is so great about a box, albeit wrapped beautifully, however in the end its just a box wrapped lets say in a gold wrapping that is elegant, with a bow that actually has trimming on the edges, and really pretty I have to admit, but….” Tina thought for a minute thinking to herself “hmmmm, what a perfect time to talk about a higher gift then some perfume I will never wear.”
Tina paused and then began. “I think a gift comes in many forms Sally.” Sally looked intrigued by Tina’s comment. “What do you mean Tina?” and Tina replied “Well, after some time, after I got saved, I started to wonder why I was created. Not sorry of course that I was, but felt there was some sort of higher calling and felt like I was missing it. I looked deeper and deeper into my heart but I was not coming up with anything.”
Sally looked at Tina thinking to herself ‘this one is a real nut, but she is my friend so I am going to hear her out.’ Tina continued “I looked in the bulletin at church one Sunday and noticed they were having a special class on finding your “spiritual gifts.” So, I went to the class. They gave us a long test which took about an hour. After I left, I knew that God had given me special ways of doing things but I did not know that He created them for me to use and help others to glorify Him!”
“I was so excited Sally!” My spiritual gifts turned out to be the very things people were telling me that they appreciated about me.” Then Sally interrupted Tina and excitedly said (as though she had just figured out the answer to world peace) “like the way you smile and approach people!!!!” Sally continued “oh, oh and the way you are so efficient at organizing things, oooh, oooh, and the way you give money and time to all your charities. You know I have been meaning to talk to you about that. Do you really need to give them SO much money?” Tina chuckled and warmly smiled at Sally. Then Sally continued “am I getting this right? Are these gifts that God gave you to help others and help others, well, maybe come to be saved?” Tina said “yes, they are! It gave me such a purpose” then Sally looked at Tina intently, for a long while. For the first time in years, Tina noticed Sally letting her guard down, she became softer and more vulnerable. Tina asked Sally after such a long pause, “are you okay?” Sally looked up at Tina and said “Tina, my heart was so empty and I felt so numb, I just needed to hear that there is hope and that I can do something in this life.” Sally continued “I have felt like this for years you know.” Tina replied “I know.” Sally looked up surprised “what do you mean ‘you know?” Well, when you become saved and accept Jesus as your Lord then you have a friend that sticks closer then a brother. I felt something was troubling you and prayed about it and God revealed to me that you were troubled about something.” Sally, for the first time in months had a sparkle of hope in her eyes and with a look of surrender she softly replied to Tina “okay, my friend, tell me more about this Jesus……..”

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Gerald Shuler 11/29/07
This is a good story to share. The only thing that makes it difficult to read is not putting an extra space between paragraphs. (That is advice I received myself from a higher level writer after my first challenge.)I look forward to reading more of your challenges.
Jan Ackerson 11/30/07
How blessed Sally was to have a friend like Tina!

You should probably put each person's dialogue in a separate paragraph, for the sake of your readers' eyes.

Joanne Sher 12/01/07
A good story - I felt like I knew these women. Keep writing.
Holly Westefeld12/06/07
Thank you for the encouragement to be a faithful friend and witness.