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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
TITLE: American Dream
By Marilyn Klunder
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“If only it hadn’t cost so much,” he said out loud to himself. Jasan shook his head. He finally achieved his dream, but in the process, he lost so much more.
Jasan sat down on the boulder that touched the rippling water. From where he sat, he could hear the splashing water that came from the stream that ran past the log home he built with his own two hands.
“Will I ever get my wife and children back?” He asked. He continued to talk out loud even though there was no one there to listen. Or, so he thought.
Jasan placed his head in his hands and he wept. Loneliness, sorrow, and utter helplessness overtook him. How could this be happening? Why did she leave me? How will I survive without them? These were just a few of the questions that ran through his sobbing mind. When he had emptied himself of all of his pain, he found himself filled with anger and rage. Jasan jumped up on the boulder and raised his fist to the sky.
“Why God? I knew what I wanted and I worked hard to get it. I climbed the ladder of success—I spent long hours—sleepless nights—the American dream. You’re suppose to be a just and loving God, why did you take my family away from me?”
A sudden clap of thunder startled Jasan. In the clear sky above, he saw images of his life flash before him. Image after image revealed the life decisions he had made up to now. Jasan saw something different as he looked through the eyes of his own brokenness. What he saw surprised him. The decision he made “for the good of the family,” now looked like selfishness. The decision he made to “better provide for his family” looked more like greed. The many nights of working late and missed Saturday baseball games to “bring in a little extra” looked more like abandonment. The images revealed even more sin like pride, lust and gluttony.
“You see, Jasan,” a loud thunderous voice interrupted, “you followed your dream, not Mine. Yours came with a price, Mine was a free gift.”
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