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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!
By Kristi Peifer


One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the opportunity to catch a bit of classic TV fare—namely, “A Christmas Story.” Who doesn’t like tuning in every year to watch Ralphie’s antics as he pines for the coveted Red Ryder BB gun? Ah, the memories of laughing at the tacky horror of the leg lamp and the disgustingly cutesy kitsch of Ralphie’s pink bunny suit!
Perhaps one of the most memorable scenes, however, is of the ill-fated pole incident on the schoolyard. The tension is palpable as one boy eggs another on. The instigator dares the other student to put his tongue on a frozen pole, knowing full well that it is a bad idea! At first the other boy hesitates, perhaps considering the true consequences that could follow if he gives in to the first boy’s taunts. “I double-DOG-dare ya!” Hmm. He holds out, until the dreaded TRIPLE-dog-dare is thrust upon him. That’s it! He can’t resist any longer! Reason goes out the window! He sticks out his tongue, presses it to the pole, and no doubt, quickly regrets his decision.
Isn’t that just like what goes on in our spiritual lives every day? We have the truth of God’s Word easily accessible to us. We know God wants us to resist temptation and the schemes of Satan. Yet somehow, we still find ourselves standing on that frozen schoolyard, listening to the devil taunt, “I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!” The question is, will we stick out our tongues and take the bait?
First Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Wow! God will NEVER allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear! He’s no fake-bearded department store Santa that pats us on the head and sends us on our not-so-merry way with a gruff, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” We have the unwavering support of God Almighty—and He will provide a way out of the daily temptations that plague us. All we have to do is accept the help He offers. That’s a gift that beats a Red Ryder BB gun any day!

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Robyn Burke09/04/08
Nice devotional piece. Good reminder of how our God pulls for us.
Dan Blankenship 09/05/08
Having watched "A Christmas Story" for many years and lived in the area where the story is supposed to take place, I absolutely loved your entry!

Great job.

May God bless.

Dan Blankenship

Laury Hubrich 09/06/08
Oh my! I loved this! Great job! Just be sure to put a space between your paragraphs next time so it's easier to read. Wonderful, wonderful devotional!!!
Karlene Jacobsen09/09/08
Great devotional piece. I love the message weaved in with a familiar childhood story.

Joy Faire Stewart09/09/08
Yes, it is a gift that beats all others. Great devotional on the topic, very enjoyable.
Marlene Austin09/10/08
Great devotional. True for all but especially important for young people, I think. Thanks for writing out this message. :)
Catrina Bradley 09/10/08
Awesome devotion! The story is perfect for powerful message. It may have been a bit smoother if you'd used the boys' names instead of "the first boy" and "the other boy", and maybe break it into more that one paragraph, but I loved everything else about it. Very smooth, nice flow from story into message. Wonderful job!