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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Snap (09/04/08)

TITLE: Snappy Advice
By Janice Wood
09/06/08


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“Don’t snap your fingers at me!” I screamed. At least inside I screamed. I hate it when I hear “Don’t you get it?!” And that was from another PTA mom who sat on a committee with me. She didn’t really snap her fingers while she protested my proposal. But she might as well have with her “in my face” attitude. OK, to be honest, I really didn’t “get it”. But its way too humiliating to just say “No I don’t. Can you please help me understand what I’m missing here?” It seems like eons have passed since that cross of shame. I was so irked. I felt so belittled. Humbled really wasn’t an accurate word for how I felt. I was mortified that anyone would see past my calm assured facade and conclude I was an ignorant, bumbling adult. But, truth be told, that’s what I am when I don’t have all the facts and still forge forward with my ideas.

The Bible holds so much plain truth. Throughout Scripture there is wholesome, helpful, satisfying, and free advice. On friendship: if I want to have friends, be friendly! On making it up the ladder of success: Let God define my needs and how to fill them. When Jesus becomes my passion He will reveal that well of gifts and talents He’s tucked inside and point me to the path they will do the most good for His kingdom. Now that’s success! On worry: Let God do all the worrying. His shoulders are big and, besides, He’s the only one that can take care of every problem.

With the seasoning of time and God’s Word am I still boiling when I hear a finger’s snap? Yes. Sometimes, I must admit. But those times of fury, estrangement and alienation are shorter as the Bible reminds me that people can’t see their own mistakes. At those times I find a well of compassion for my “snappy friend” and I ask the Lord to not let my pride rule me. I know I have a blind side. Others see it and choose to let me live with my ignorance. But my best Friend, Jesus, takes my balled fists and gently opens each finger one by one so I can hold on to Him with one hand and reach out with the other to make a friend.


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Yvonne Blake 09/11/08
There's a lot in here! It might help to be more specific and just define one situation instead of talking in generalities.
Goood thoughts.