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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: Rock and a Hard Place
By Sherry Curtsinger


“Okay, tonight I will need a volunteer, please,” I begin. “Oh, thank you, Pastor C, I need you to look straight ahead at all times.” On the media screen behind us was an animated picture of a speeding racecar and a mosquito crashing into the windshield. Above the cartoon is the caption: Sometimes You’re the Windshield-Sometimes You’re the Bug! I patted Pastor C on the head and said, “You ready?” He nervously bit his lip, “I dunno, whatcha gonna do?” I reassured him, “Now, come on. You’re amongst friends.” As I waved my right arm out and pointed at the youth group; who was anxiously awaiting his fate. I went on to say, “Today, we are going to do a little science experiment introducing Newton’s Third Law of Motion. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” I take out a marshmallow, hold it approximately six inches above Pastor C’s head and explain, “When an object suddenly impacts another stationary object, there is always a reaction. The size of the reaction is dependent upon the size of the impact.” I take out an apple. The group begins laughing and pointing. Several of the youth were shouting, “Do it.” So, I did. Pastor C rubbed his head, “Ouch!” There was more laughter. I patted him on the head in sympathy, “Ahh,” then went on to explain, “As I said earlier, the size of the reaction is dependent upon the size of the impact. The marshmallow caused relatively no reaction, the apple a little bit.” At that point I took a coconut from my bag. The crowd went crazy. “Yeah, do it. Drop it.” The look on Pastor C’s face was precious. I looked at the youth, “Barbarians!” I held the coconut up and dropped it; allowing it to hit the floor and rupture. Pastor C looked up at me with a startled look on his face, I replied, “Thank You. Ya know, it’s the same way in your spiritual life. Everything you say, do and think causes a reaction. Galatians 6:7- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever man soweth, that shall he also reap. If you speak negative things into someone’s life, you will receive that back. If you gossip and backbite about people at school, what kind of reputation does that usually earn you?” I receive a few answers from the group, like-drama queen, trouble maker, etc…
I remember altar call that night, and the high I get from speaking, counseling, praying or just being with the youth. I am not sure why I gain such pleasure from being a part of the youth ministry team, yet it fills my soul with delight. Then we pull in the driveway and everything changes. I know, the minute I walk through the door, the enemy awaits to attack. He knows my weaknesses and uses them against me. Though my husband has not touched a drink in three years, he still desires it. He no longer has the desire to make new memories if alcohol cannot be involved. It is almost as if it is not worth doing sober; leaving him depressed. He goes to work, eats, watches t.v. and sleeps. Every time I return home from church, I prepare myself for the ‘interrogation’ which awaits me. Who was there? What happened? Why are you late? What are you smilin about? Not only does he not want to make new memories, but he does not want me to make them either. As much as I try, as hard as I pray, this just depletes my joy. It drains me. For now, I cling to God’s promise. 1 Corinthians 7:14-For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

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Rachel Burkum06/16/09
Lots of spiritual tidbits here! Loved the willingness of the poor preacher.

Just a hint... paragraph breaks would make the reading much easier and smoother. :) Watch out for verb tenses - I noticed a mix of present and past.

The last paragraph threw me a little. It seemed to be another thought all on its own. I hope that the MC never gives up hope, always remembering that God is bigger than what we can see.

Thanks for entering.