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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: This Side of Paradise (not about the book) (07/14/11)

TITLE: A Painful Lesson
By Ken Ebright


I remember the words of Jesus when he said to the thief on the cross, It says in Luke 23:43, “Today, you’ll be with me in paradise.”

Revelation 21:1 says, “there will be a new heaven and a new earth.” On this side of heaven, I wonder what the future heaven and earth will be like. On the new heaven and earth there will be no sin. It will be nice to not have the broken relationships like I had on this earth.

One such relationship was with a neighbor, Valerie. We got to know one another and became friends. We both agreed that because of the age difference that we could not date. We had happy times together, like having dinner with her and going to a Thanksgiving Day parade.

She was aware that I went to church, because I sat outside of my apartment and read my Bible. When we had dinner we talked about the Lord. She told me that she grew up in a Baptist church. She had a hard time believing that God would let a small child suffer. I wanted to be a Christian witness to her. I didn’t have an answer for her. The only thing I could tell her was that there are things we will not understand this side of heaven. I gave her a book that shows that the Bible and Christianity is true. My hope was she could see that the Lord is real.

Sin got in the way, I did something stupid. I sort of scared her, and I was not a good Christian witness.

I will never know if she will make it to paradise, on this side of heaven. My hope is someone will come along, and lead her to Christ. I hope to see her in heaven; it will be nice to have a relationship with her that is without sin, and without the difficulties because of our age differences.

I just hope I didn’t destroy someone’s eternal life. I hope that when I get to heaven her blood is not on my hands. I just wish I could do this one over.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/21/11
This really touched my heart, I can feel you really suffered over your mistake. I wish you had told even more of your story, perhaps sharing your mistake, although a scary thing to do, might help others from making a similar mistake. You still missed some errors in the proofreading, but I could really feel your passion and prayers that you didn't prevent your friend from finding Christ.
Amica Joy07/24/11
This is a very good contribution. Yes, we tend to forget that we are "on call" for Jesus all the time. I don't even want to start thinking how many people I failed in this regard. I liked the fact that you didn't say what your sins were that got in the way. It got me thinking right away (good!). I could think of many sins that keep me from being a good witness: selfishness, lack of time, wrong priorities, too busy with my precious family. Too obsorbed with earthly things... Consequence: I do not hear the Holy Spirit's tender voice. This is a GREAT TESTIMONY. Would love to read more of this kind.