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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Charade (08/14/08)

TITLE: My Life is a Sham
By Robin Walters


My Life is a Sham

Ever hear that saying? Have you ever said it yourself? On my drive home today, I got to thinking what could this could stand for. I came up with:
S Secrets
H Held
A Amidst
M Myself

Now that is quite a powerful thought. How many of you have secrets? I am sure we all have them. Secrets can be good a thing. For example a secret of a surprise birthday party, a secret present for someone, a secret recipe held by only a few people. How about the secrets in one’s life that can be destructive to one’s self let alone others. Now what could they be? How about being in an alcoholic relationship and trying to hide the fact from your friends and family that the one you love has a drinking problem. How about finding out the one you love in a relationship has been cheating on you? How about being a single mom raising children and struggling financially and not wanting to let your parents know you are really struggling? How about being so buried with projects at work, but trying to hide it from your boss? How about “borrowing” money from a child’s savings account, hoping you could pay it back one day thinking no one will know? The list goes on and on.

You see I was living a life of secrets. My life was on my path. I had my whole future painted. Oh yes, it was a great future! Everything I wanted. Then one day it all came crashing down. The storm of my life came crashing down. This is the point in my life that I knew what needed to be done. I had a choice to continue to living life my way, my path or start seeking the true path for my life. . The task that had been left undone in my life was to give my life to Christ. I needed to live his path. I needed to be living the path that had been painted for me from the minute I was born. So there it was on December 16, 2004 in a small rural church, that I totally gave my life to the Lord. I was given a book a short time later titled “Jesus is My Final Answer”. By Kenny Ashley.
Did I really think or do we really think that our secrets are just ours? There is one person that knows all our secrets and that is the Lord. He sees us every waking minute. He sees all our actions. He sees those things we do and those we leave undone. We cannot hide anything from him. As Jeremiah 33:3 states “Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here. “ Hmm so all I have to do is ask and it will be shown?” That was an interesting concept learned.

My favorite verse from day one of the big storm of my life is Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you a hope and future. The Lord has blessed me along all the storms of my life, even through the secrets I had tried to hide. When one finds themselves saying my Life is a Sham, I encourage you to look to Jesus for the final answer. Quit playing games with yourself. Walk with him, walk the path he has for you, after all he died on the cross and rose for me and for you. He gives us life. I believe I have seeked and I have found the answer for my life. Thank you Jesus!

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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/21/08
You've presented a good testimony about giving God your secrets and letting Him change you, while encouraging others to do the same.
Jan Ackerson 08/23/08
Nice conversational tone in this touching testimony.

I'd suggest smaller paragraphs, for the sake of your readers. One tiny FYI: you wanted "sought" instead of "seeked".

I like the acronym you came up with for "SHAM." Clever!