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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: 24 Hours (01/27/11)

TITLE: Don's Diary
By Ken Ebright



Dear Diary,
This was the worst 24 hours I have ever had before going on a mission trip. Satan had a hay day but the Lord won in the end.

It was 8 am when I arrived in the office. My secretary, Pat, told me that my replacement would not be able to preach for me on Sunday. I called five people before I was able to find someone to fill my place. Finally, an elder of our church said that he would preach for me on Sunday. I promised to get him a gift card for his favorite restaurant in return.

After that, I had to write a sermon. I started on it and then my computer crashed. I spent two hours trying to get my computer fixed. My secretary who has a degree in computer science took only 30 seconds to fix the problem. If it wasn't for her, I would have to write it on the road and not be able to devote my time to my trip.

She got it to work shortly before lunch. I went to a restaurant to meet a member of our church that is going through a hard time. When I came to order they were out of chicken; so I ordered something different, then that order was messed up. I had to wait another 20 minutes for them to bring me what I wanted. When I got up to leave, I spilled a glass of water on my pants. I tried to use napkins to dry my pants, but the napkin fell apart when I attempted to wipe it off. There were napkins that were stuck to my tan pants.

I got back to my car and noticed that I had a flat tire. It took me another 20 minutes to change it. I had so much grease on my hands that it me a wile to get cleaned up.

My wife planned to leave at 5 pm for her mother’s house. When I walked from the car to my house I tripped on my son's fire engine. I fell to the ground; my head hurt from the fall. Finally, I was able to get up and walk into the house. I didn't want to make a issue of it because they were walking out the door. I gave the kids and a wife a hug.

Then I heated up my spaghetti noodles. While I waited I decided to start my laundry. I went back up and I took the pan for the noodles off of the stove. Then when I walked over to the sink to drain the water, I tripped and the pan fell on the floor. I had to clean it up and start over. I also put the French bread in the oven.

I went down to check on the laundry to find that one of the hose that goes to the washing machine sprung a leak and there was at least two feet of water on the floor.

When I got the basement floor cleaned up, the smoke detector went off. As ran upstairs I smelt something burning. I opened my oven to find that my French bread was a piece of charcoal. There was so much smoke I couldn't see the kitchen table.

It was 4 am in the morning when I got up. I went out to my car and br…br…br. It wouldn't start. I notice a neighbor that was leaving for work. He pulled out then drove away. I ran after him waving my arms, hoping I could flag him down. Eventually, he saw me in his rear view mirror and he stopped. I begged him to jump start my car.

At 8am when the plane was taxiing down the runway I praised the Lord because finally I was on my way, and everything I needed to get done was accomplished.

The enemy wanted to steal, kill, and destroy me during the 24 hours from when I walked into my office and until I got on the plane, He didn't win this battle, the Lord did, I am on my way to Africa.

In Jesus name,
Pastor Don

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/03/11
What a day! I like how you showed even Pastors are human and have bad days. You have a nice subtle sense of humor. I enjoyed the giggles but I think you could have been a tad more off the wall with your humor. Overall you had a great message and managed to say it without coming off as preachy!
Nancy Bucca02/03/11
I couldn't stop laughing with this one. You did a great job. Keep up the good work!
Bonnie Bowden 02/05/11
That was quite some day. I had a similar experience a couple of weeks ago, but not nearly as dramatic.

I'm sorry, but I had to laugh at some things that happened, like the water spilling on your pants. I was really laughing with you, not at you. The other day I dripped Subway dressing down my coat.

I am really glad God is control! I hope you never experience a day like that again.
diana kay02/06/11
What a challenging 24hrs! i have had that type of experience before going to do Christian work.
if i was to be picky i would say that it don't not read like a diary entry more as a explanation of his day and the letter like way of signing off also made it less like a standard diary entry. This is a minor point but as you used the title Don's diary..