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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)

TITLE: Watch My Mouth
By Sherry Curtsinger
04/14/09


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A mild mannered youth leader most of the time, yet let me get behind the wheel, and wham… a metamorphosis takes place. I have never been aggressive, for the most part, I allow people to take advantage of me. Yet, once I am on the highway, dealing with strangers, an entirely different me takes charge. I am not afraid to use sign language(point at someone), or hit the steering wheel. It is not unheard of to hear me say, “Hey, slow down. Your car isn‘t the only thing that can be recalled by its maker.” Or maybe, “Why on earth do you do 65 until I go to pass you and then speed up to 75? Are you out of your mind? Get out of my way. You shouldn’t even be on the road.” A few months ago, a young lady from our youth group needed a ride home. Well, she thought my road rage was hilarious, as did the entire youth group. But, God did not find any humor in my rage. He began to speak to me with that small, still voice. The guilt was overwhelming. I was suppose to be someone the youth could look up to, however I had set a repulsive example. I hit my knees in repentance, “God, please, I need your help. I need You to take control of my mouth and actions; especially while I am behind the wheel. Help me to be a kinder, gentler, more compassionate driver.” Soon, I found myself saying things like, “Lord, bless that person, and give them traveling mercies.” Or, “Father, watch over them, watch over me, and keep us safe while traveling on this highway.” Next came the most difficult part, I had to speak to the youth about anger issues. I was able to tackle it from a humorous angle, and it was well received. Actually, it opened the door to discuss many of the issues they face today. Believe me, I still have bad days, because there are still plenty of bad drivers, but I try to watch my mouth.


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Joanne Sher 04/18/09
A very important lesson for all of us. The mouth is such a powerful tool for both good and bad.

Not sure I caught the connection to the topic, but the message is clear and important.
Patricia Herchenroether04/25/09
Oh, my my...been there. It's gets easier as you move along.(The Spirit reminds you if you slip)
Maybe a split in the middle, making two paragraphs.
Love it!