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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: Just Meandering
By Donna New


A meandering spirit, Jonathon was lackadaisical and apathetic. That’s probably why the hard workers and high achievers enjoyed him. Jonathon’s ease was a breath of fresh air in their dog-eat-dog world. He brought with him a dry wit that kept them guessing where it would come from next…sometimes a teacher was the topic of his joke sometimes his friends were the subject.

His parents didn’t know what to do with him. They knew he was intelligent but didn’t know how to bring it out in him. Jonathon was completely unconcerned about his homework, his grades, his future. Most of his teachers expected him to do the work right because of who he was hanging with and didn’t really care to work with him, feeling those who were less intelligent and more concerned about their grades needed their help.

One of Jonathon’s friends, Sami (short for Samantha) took a deeper look into Jon. She asked him to help her with her homework. They were in the same history class and studying Abe Lincoln. Sami abhorred history and Jon had a crush on Sami and a C average in history. They had a test the next day so they went over their notes together.

As they were studying Sami told Jon that he was a lot like Abe. She said, “Abe seemed a peaceful person like you. Abe had convictions and went after what was right. What do you believe in?” Jon said, “Nothing.” Sami asked him, “Do you go to church?” He said yes, but there was nothing there but a social club. Sami said he should come to her church. The people were sinners but the difference was that Jesus gave them peace and conviction to be what they were born to be. “Jon, the saddest person in the world is someone who has no idea what they are here for.” That stroke a note in Jon’s heart but he wasn’t going to let on. “Sami, I joke around all the time with you all. How can I be sad?” Sami said “I’m going to let you answer that question. But please, just kind of consider coming to church with me next Sunday. Will you?” Jon had conflicting feelings about that. He would love to be with Sami but didn’t really want to face the conviction that she had spoken of. Of course, he said, “Yes.” Sami said that was wonderful and they settled on a time and place to meet and then went back to studying their history.

Jon, as he was studying with her began to see Abe’s convictions and history began to prick Jon’s heart. There’s a reason to have convictions and a purpose. It helps the world, let alone his family and his own future. It was scary actually not to have a purpose.

Jon and Sami both received A’s for their history test. Jon told Sami with his cute grin, “We ought to always study together.” Sami said that sounded pretty good to her. They went to church next Sunday together. Jon went forward at the call to the altar. He was feeling the call on his life to find his purpose and getting to know Jesus was the first step, the most critical one.

As Jon went back to school his grades began to get better. The teachers commented that they had told him he had it in him. They had assumed it would just appear at some point due to whom he spent time with. They didn’t realize that it doesn’t rub off. It takes time and focus on a heart to bring out the best in a meandering spirit.

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Laury Hubrich 02/09/08
Just meandering, that is a good title for this piece. This got to be a little confusing in a few places. I think maybe reading it outloud or having someone proofread it would help. Keep on writing!