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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Think (09/02/10)

TITLE: Why God?
By Catherine McQuiston


Sometimes, no many times throughout the day I used to think why God put me here and what was the purpose of life. Well, I can't answer for everyone but I have a pretty good idea of why I am here.

I have to say though, I came to this conclusion after many heartaches and one big heartbreak. I had to reach the lowest part of my life for God to step in and tell me everything was going to be alright.

He made me think of all the good that came from the bad. Had I stayed in a marriage with a man that didnít want children I would grow old and bitter long before my time to do so.

So for many hours and many days and thousands of tears I prayed and begged and pleaded for God to show me my path. I kept asking the wrong questions or by that I mean the questions that I was asking were the answers themselves. I asked why he gave me such a big heart so it could hurt so much.

His answer was there all along. To share my heart and love with others. To use my gifts in a way that they would open other people up to God and show them that with a little faith in God that anything is possible.

It was hard to do in those early dismal days but the more I opened my heart and shared it with people the better I felt. I started volunteering my time and experience, I smiled more at others and smiles were returned. I am a very shy person naturally and don't like to strike up a conversation with any stranger but my whole attitude and outlook on life is changing, so what was once a chore is now welcome.

Then came the Question on the purpose of life. It took a lot of hard digging within and thinking and praying before I could see what God was showing me. He showed me in a dream.

I was an observer of all the beauty as a wolf. I walked through many different lands and faced dozens of people. I scared some just by my outside appearance but to others I was a beautiful creature. I approached everything and everyone with ease and calmness. I brought fear and terror though it wasn't meant to be. I brought joy and laughter to the few who could really see me for me. I looked down at my reflection in a creek. I was the most beautiful wolf Iíd ever seen. I looked up from the creek and around the valley that I was in. If this wasnít Heaven than it was the closest Iíd ever got to that magical beauty that Heaven holds. How could I have missed this place before. Maybe I was too busy that I didnít have time to stop and smell the flowers like some people like to say.

Well that dream had me doing just that. When I awoke the next morning it was like new life was breathed into me. I started to notice and observe more. I took people for who they were not what they appeared to be on the outside. I started listening more and used my approach to others in a more calm way. I opened up myself to them and found out that it was I who appeared as a wolf to them before. Always short tempered, never patient and apparently I had a bit of an attitude problem too. That is not who I thought myself to be towards others, so I had to show the real me and say good bye to the old one.

So here is my answer to what the purpose life is. It's to let your beauty shine. Let all that you are and are to ever be, be shared with others. To add to the fullness of this place so when you go on to the next place you are prepared for such grace. Because what you see as beautiful here is only a glimpse of what is ahead. It is to prepare you for the next life with God and Jesus.

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Allison Egley 09/09/10
There are some very good reminders here!

Try to so some more "showing" rather than "telling." I know it can be hard in a piece like this that's more devotional in nature, but try to use dialogue rather than just telling us about your questions.

I loved your last paragraph. Keep writing!
Kathy Barnes09/10/10
Very good. It brings back memories, which is what it should do, and it give hope.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/11/10
You gave some great advice in this piece and it was nice to see the world through your eyes.
Patricia Turner09/14/10
A very good essay with a good message. Not really on topic, but I enjoyed it.