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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: Do you know me?
By Catherine McQuiston


If I changed everything about me, my name, my hair, my style, my appearance; would you still recognize me?

If I became less aware of everyone around me, drown, myself in my own sorrows, never smiled again; would I still be of your concern?

If I gave up all my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions; would you still let me set at your table?

If everything out of my mouth were a lie, embellished, or words of hurt flew to everyone I passed; would I still be allowed to speak to you?

If I no longer had perfect pitch, or knew how to sway with the music, or had no rhythm at all; would I still be able to sing in your choir?

If my fingers could no longer keep up with the melody, my instrument was never in tune, the song never complete; would you still let me in the band?

If my eyes could no longer tell the difference between blue and green, my ears were no longer able to hear my own name and my nose no longer able to breathe in the sweet air; would I still be able to write about the wonderful world you have created?

If I lost all my faith, turned away from you or never again asked for your help; would you still try to reach me?

Lord I am lost in my own mind. There are so many different meís in here it is hard to discern who I really am. I give so much of myself to people and hurt is usually my payment from them. You have given me a huge heart yet I donít know where to start to use it in a way of your choosing. You have filled me with so much creativity that even I donít know my own limits. The music flows from me and yet I feel so small to take the lead in your choir. I get lost in the piano and sweet melodies flow from my fingers.

Lord open my eyes and help me see the me that you want me to be. Fill my mind with your commands to help me help others. Open my ears and let me hear the pleas of those I can help. Strengthen my voice so that others will hear you through me. Help me understand and recognize why it is that you have put me here in your world. Lead me to the path of your choosing and I will follow willingly. Help me find the true me.

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W. Yvonne Birnell08/19/10
Your story was me a few years ago. Boy you sure brought back memories of where I was and then joy of where my new path is taking me. Great Story
Loren T. Lowery08/20/10
This read likes a passionate, heart-felt prayer from a gifted, compassionate writer. And it begins where we all need to begin, on our knees. If we are humble then not only are we promised the kingdom of heaven, but maybe also, the chance to tell other about it through the gifts He has given us that He might be glorified.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/20/10
This is so beautiful, but sad at the same time. So many of us have asked those question.

An editing note: use sit instead of set in the 3rd paragraph.

Your questions and fear of rejection really pulled at my heart. The ending prayer was beautiful. You do have a gift with words.
Patsy Hallum08/23/10
Wonderful! Little note, the comma after drown in beginning shouldn't be there. That is the only thing I would change. Thanks for the story.
Nancy Sullivan 08/27/10
An identity crisis many can understand - including me.
Great way to express the conflicts inside. God Bless and congratulations.
Melissa Lindsey10/16/10
Wonderful article!

We all want to know that we are loved unconditionally. Praise God that He does!

You captured our desire and the peace that God can give us perfectly in your words.