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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: Had I known
By Florence Roberts
01/08/08


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One right understanding of what God is and my real relationship to Him would have saved me many tears, many mistakes and many sleepless nights from wrong thinking. I am grateful that at least I am gaining that understanding now. This understanding is protecting me from much heartache.

Just think that one right start, of correct teaching, grounded in the fertile, innocent and receptive thought of a child would prevent many lifetime mistakes. Without this right start I’ve had to go through a lot of unraveling of wrong human beliefs, wrong thinking in order to start thinking right for right actions and feelings.

I often imagine how many churches and Sunday schools are open with the Word each Sunday all over the world. Then I wonder what is the understanding being gained? From villages in Africa where some Sunday schools are probably held under a shady tree to the multimillion dollar Sunday schools of churches in “wealthier countries “, one still wonders what fundamental message about God is being given that will sustain lives,that will “feed the famished affections," and restore the freedom that is everyman’s birthright?”

Most of my life I reached outward for God, thinking He is that man sitting up there. I know many got the same teaching. If God is so near, if He is whom I reflect, this understanding was not taught. If God is Love itself, I didn’t get that message; if God is Truth that understanding completely escaped me. So I lived really not knowing how close God is to me and each of us and so lived feeling so separate from Him and paid the price.

To have begun rightly would have prevented many, many ills; some so painful it’s taken years to “unknow.” One right thought would have saved many wrong ones!


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Jan Ackerson 01/10/08
This is well-written and on topic--but I wish you'd used some of your leftover words to tell us about what some of those "lifetime mistakes" were. That might really bring this home for some readers.

Very true, and pleasant to read.
Yvonne Blake 01/12/08
Yes, so sad that many young children don't know who God is.
It would have helped to be more specific about what you learned..."show instead of tell".
Keep writing.