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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)

TITLE: What is a minute
By Dawn Fabre
03/09/11


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What are minutes? The answer to that is often found in the context in which the question is asked. For the frazzled mom waiting at the dentist, they are the measure of how long the child has been whining to leave. For the teacher in a classroom of 30 kids waiting for the bell to ring, they are just how many things can go wrong. For most of us however, minutes are simply small fractions of an hour that pass by unnoticed and without incident. In truth though, minutes are the most valuable things we have. Minutes are the links in the chain of history. They are the substance that unites yesterday and today, today and tomorrow, the past and the future. They are the difference between what has happened and what will happen. A minute is all it takes to change eternity.

We have all heard the stories of the 9/11 survivors who were not in the Towers that fateful morning because they were a minute late for the train or had to run back in for “just a minute” to grab something they forgot. Then there are the other stories of people who just missed being in intersection when another driver ran a red light or a mom who made it to the hospital just in time to give birth. These stories make great chain emails but what of your own experiences? When has a minute changed your life? Was it the minute you went from wife to mom? Fiancé to husband? Student to graduate? These are the links in our own personal history chain. They are the moments that make us who we are.

And what of the moment you went from sinner to saved? For most of us who have experienced this, it is the minute that links us to eternity. It is the minute that ties us to another who lived 2000 years ago. It is the moment that we became a part of something bigger than our own lives, a link in an eternal chain. The question now is how strong of a link are you? Are you using your minutes to affect eternity or are you allowing them to go by unnoticed? Our challenge today is to not let another minute go by without creating a link to history, without uniting today with eternity.


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Verna Mull03/12/11
This is a fantastic description of the worth of a minute. Great job.
diana kay03/13/11
lots of great examples of the value of a minute here! well written
Michael Throne03/15/11
I enjoyed this - a strong message that was written well. Thank you.
Jennifer Hill03/16/11
Great article! I think there is a Matthew West song that fits with your writing. I can't think of it's title-(this minute:))but I did think of the words.
Thank you for sharing.