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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: I Can't
By Brian Haugrud
07/27/08


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The lad would sit for what seemed like hours in obedience to dad.
He was hoping that results would come so he wouldnít be so sad.
This wasnít his most well liked time and he usually would rave and rant.
But without concentration on his mind he would say to dad I canít.

You see that training at one or two is hard to do at best.
You think that life has done you wrong and you canít pass the test.
You want to do so many things your mind is wandering far.
Like whatís that ant doing on that tree or look at that shining star.

When school age comes with books and papers and things to do and see.
To concentrate and stay on task seems like and impossibility.
Youíre told to sit there till youíre done with the lesson of the day.
And all that you can think about is going outside to play.

Well school is done youíre all grown up and youíve married your best friend.
You would think by now to just sit still would not lead to a dead end.
But your mind is wandering near and far to the struggles of everyday life.
And just to ponder on one thing would bring you too much strife.

Itís funny how our loving God created the mind of man.
To process faster than any computer in this technological land.
To do ten things at the same time seems to be the norm for most of us.
So concentrating on one thing to us is just a fuss.

Can we set our minds at ease and focus just on God?
And think about the life He lived when on this earth He trod.
He set Himself apart to pray alone and quietly.
For only then could He concentrate on the Fathers will you see.

I try to concentrate on this story at my keyboard now today.
I find my mind just wandering as God gives the words to say.
Even at my mid-life times to focus is hard to do.
So the question that I do now ask is can you concentrate too?

Our God in heaven is so good and listens to our heart.
He gives us strength to concentrate but we must do our part.
We must take His will into our mind then do a big transplant.
And when itís time to concentrate we wonít have to say ďI CanítĒ.


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Joanne Sher 08/01/08
Great message, with some wonderful visuals. Thanks for sharing this!