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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: What makes a man great?
By cassie stephens


What makes a man great? Is it wealth and high standard in society? The ability for charming others with deportment and fancy ritual? Is it truly the vanity of such pretense? That the eloquence of words means everything. I believe that is not what a man or woman thinks that makes them great. It is when they reach that potential and act upon their strong beliefs. What we believe in our hearts does not define us amongst people. What good does a strong heart do if it is hidden behind walls? How can compassion be important, when there are those in agony who are turned away? If a man has a great voice, then let him speak. If one has the capacity for wisdom, let it be known and taught to others. What good are such attributes if they are harbored inside the soul? If poets were to never write, and artists were to never paint, there would never be a way to look beyond. To see past and learn further than common knowledge. I believe that who are is more than a matter of self reflection. How can we say we are something when we never act upon our words, upon our ideals? And ideals are merely illusions if we conceal them behind cowardice. What is bravery? How can we attain the valor and fortitude needed to be great? To act upon what we are. Fear holds us in this fist of comfort. For while we hate fear, we hate courage even more. For I would rather fear it than face it, run from it than to it. Any man can dream. It is the nature of humanity to desire more. But when do we attain such things? I believe in purpose, that God created me for a reason. But while I believe in purpose, and can speak of it for ages, I achieve nothing. I can talk of climbing a mountain, it doesn’t mean that words will help me reach the top. But, I believe that words and actions hold together an equilibrium of sorts. When our words hold truth and our actions follow, we show the world that we truly have faith. We cannot speak one way and act another. I truly believe that words can be just as powerful. But I also believe that we must not hide who we are behind shadows of doubts and uncertainties. So what makes a man great? I think this question will be asked throughout generations. The disciples argued amongst themselves the answer to this. Simple words from a great man silenced them. Simple acts from an awesome God brought them to their knees. He asks that we just take our talents He has given us and use them to His glory

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Patrick Whalen02/28/08
You bring out some great thoughts and insight. With a little finesse and editing this could be even better. Keep it up.
Lynn Jacky 02/28/08
A lot of great ideas here. Think about putting a few paragraphs into your work. Makes for easier reading and understading of your thoughts. Lots of great writing here keep up the good work.
Norma-Anne Hough03/01/08
Great ideas but it would make for easier rerading if it was broken up into paragraphs. Well done
Yvonne Blake 03/02/08
Good thoughts! It would help the reader if you divided your thoughts into paragraphs,(putting an extra space between paragraphs also).
Good job, keep writing.
Joshua Janoski03/03/08
It's true that it is much easier to run from something rather than face it head on. However, it is the people who do face things that end up seeing the most success.

As already mentioned, putting some whitespace between ideas really helps the reader. Thank you for sharing. Keep on writing.
Beckie Stewart03/05/08
These are valid points. This needed some paragraphing to make the reading easier. Keep writing.