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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: Strange Animal
By John Collins


Perception is a strange animal that is sometimes difficult to see! In fact its shape seems somewhat invisible, with a shape like a mist that is looking to form a clear pixel image. Scriptural history is the source for looking towards this new image, the new creature in Christ! Of course our history is blended in as well, with new insights to our hopefully growing maturity!

Herein are perceptual insights: “Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up” RNKJV 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Ye have not resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” KJV Hebrews 12:4 Moreover, didn’t the apostles sing hymns in prison? Certain words in the scriptures strike me to pause, long-suffering; blood and prison and make me want to say one word. Ow! However, another scripture puts the word want in a different light. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” KJV Psalm 1:23

This brings me back to that strange animal called perception. With reference to my history; one day I had a stiff neck, and I could barely turn it to one side. Ow! I decided to go to the store and get some painkillers. I passed a young kid along the way and asked him if he had any ibuprofen. This young kid laughed at me. I thought that was kind of strange that I was in pain, and he laughed. I felt anger towards that young kid, but I know that he didn’t fully understand that I was in pain, and perhaps was just a knee-jerk reaction on his part, in that he was on a totally different wavelength than me.

Along different wavelengths perhaps we have trouble seeing others in pain and truly helping. Ow! I know I have trouble with what to do with those that are homeless. Yet doesn’t scripture say all work is honorable!? Scripture also says: “For even we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” KJV 2 Thessalonians 3:10 Is this only for Christians? So what to do? Perhaps a work shelter would be in order that gives shelter, food and work in combination. Even so, if a man is hungry, let him eat, so that he may work. If the man doesn’t work, then let it be on his head.

Sometimes I think the dilemma is ourselves. Why should we give money to somebody else, to buy them food (not drugs or alcohol), or help them get to a shelter? It takes our time, energy and patience! Ow! Some of the homeless people don’t want to go to a shelter, either, because of all the control measures at these places, and some do have drug and alcohol problems. Sometimes I think I truly feel ambivalent. Ow! Yet what does scripture say about the second greatest commandment? “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” KJV Matthew 22:39

We need to discipline ourselves. We need to get passed our mirror image. Being a Christian is a mental perception dilemma, isn’t it? “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” RNKJV Galatians 5:17 If I listen to my body and the lusts therein, who will win? Ow! If I listen to the Wonder Counselor, and the mind of Christ, who will win? Yeah! If I listen to both, playing a ping-pong match between the two, will I then not be lukewarm? Ow! Thus isn’t a single-minded course of action in order? “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” KJV Matt 7:14 Isn’t it difficult, but not that difficult? And that is my Ow! You know!

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Colin Swann01/15/10
Interesting thoughts and insights in your Ow! story. I think if any one asked me for painkillers when I was a kid I would have thought them mad too - not something kid's carry around usually!

Thanks - Colin
Ruth Brown01/17/10
A most thoughtful piece. Many good scriptures. For me though,when I perceive something it is what I see and feel.Keep writing. Blessings, Ruth
Jan Ackerson 01/18/10
Thanks for using a personal anecdote throughout your devotional--that's a really effective way to write.

I did feel that the lesson lacked a bit of focus--needed to be tightened a bit.

I've started a class in the FaithWriters forums for Beginner and Intermediate writers. I'd love to see you there--look for "Jan's Writing Basics".

Hope your "ow" is better!