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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: Timeless Existence
By Philip Barrington


When I was young, working for a cleaning company, I was busy in my job, when suddenly the lights went out in the city. Fumbling my way through the dark, I made sure all doors were locked and secured. Sitting down, I started to think about my life and the Lord's coming. Being as it seemed a timeless existence pondering over the things of my life with God, I started to doubt my own salvation, and the reality of going to heaven started to fade away. I phoned a friend to see if they knew what had happened to the city lights. In my thoughts was the intention to find out if they were still on earth or gone to heaven.

Whilst deep in my thoughts the lights turned back on. I started getting the cleaning gear ready to finish my work. Looking down the arcade, I noticed the boss walking towards me. At that moment, relief came over me, knowing he's here too.

It wasn't long when I'd finished work and arrived home. Grabbing my Bible I read promises which assured my Salvation and my heavenly destiny. I began to realise that doubting my Salvation came from Satan. Through the experience, working to tell others about Heaven became more important in my life.

Today's world has become more of a concern when we see natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, and floods. The lights have gone off for many people through natural disasters consuming lives, and we really don't know how many belong to the Lord, or if there are those like the man on the cross who accepted the Lord at the very last moment of his life.

When the lights go out for this life to go into a timeless existence, I know I'm going to Heaven for a timeless life, where the lights won't go out. What about you?

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Bonnie Bowden 03/17/11
Very thought provoking piece. I especially liked the line about the lights have gone out in many people's lives...
Sarah Elisabeth 03/18/11
I liked how you showed your own weaknesses and doubts, instead of just preaching to others about theirs.

A little more set up of the scene at the beginning (where you were cleaning when it happened, who else was supposed to be there, etc.) would have helped me visually your frightening situation.

Good job overall with this entry, hope to see more from you!
Michael Throne03/18/11
I enjoyed this story. I know that occasions of having a very real fear of death, and what comes after, are difficult to say the least. Yet I also know that those times help me to focus on what is important, which is exactly the point of your well written story. Thanks for reminding me!
diana kay03/20/11
i liked the way you tied up the theme of the lights going out and the end of the world. i think that an even better title for this than the one you used would be....... when the lights go out......
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/21/11
That is very similar to several experiences I used to and still at times get freaked out about. It's nice to know I just need to call on Jesus and he will come and tell Satan to leave me alone. You made some great points that I'm sure many people can relate to.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/24/11
Congratulations for placing 12th in your level!