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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)

TITLE: Delete or Keep?
By Jeannie Dennis
11/13/11


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Anyone with an email account knows all about SPAM. Those annoying notifications trying to get your attention and make you spend your money and suck up your time sorting through them. All you want is to read the emails that are of value to you not waste your time on advertisements. As I thought about this topic it came to me that we do this to God in a similar way.

God wants to have a relationship with us; He values time with us and wants only the best for us. I know that I give Him a lot more SPAM than I do quality time. Oh I want His attention but on my terms and my timeline and I will spend time with Him but about my issues, not His plans.

Thankfully, God is so much more patient than I am and He has grace and mercy for me that I don’t always have for others. Every day I put in my requests asking Him for this and to please do that and to bless my plans for the day and end it with a quick “thank you” in Jesus’ name amen. If the roles were reversed I can just about guarantee you that I would be deleting that as SPAM! Who wants a relationship with a needy, demanding person that always asks things of you and never listens to your plans and desires? I can tell you that whenever this type of person has come into my life they drain me and soon I find reasons not to be around them. I delete them, in a manner of speaking.

This had made me think what would happen if God deleted me? Oh, He will never do that because His love is unconditional but I am certain I can do a lot to improve my side of the relationship! I allow so many distractions to keep me away from spending time with Him. Work is a big one. With the stress and the overtime, the very job He provided has been given much more importance than it was intended so that all my energy goes there and He gets what little left over’s I have at the end of the day. My health is another distraction. I have given in to my desires and pleasures rather than being a good steward of the body He gave me and I am paying for it. Because of this I don’t have the physical energy I could have to do service for Him.

Can you relate to this analogy of life’s distractions and all that SPAM? Does God get our left over’s or time that is of value? The good news for all of us is that He is a loving, patient God and because of His grace and mercy, He will not delete us! He is always ready to spend time with us. He created you and me for the purpose of spending time with Him.

So the next time you are going through your email and deleting all those SPAM notifications, remember God is waiting. He wants to open the email with your name on it because you are of great value to Him!


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Verna Mull11/17/11
I loved your thoughts. Good job!
CD Swanson 11/17/11
Oh I loved this! Beautiful words! What a clever way of letting individuals understand and recognize God's favor and how much He loves us.

This was great!

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/19/11
This is a wonderful devotion. I like how you related a personal story to help the reader understand your message.

For me personally, I think the ending would have been stronger without the questions. You did an awesome job illustrating your point and I think most people would think of those questions just from reflecting on your words.

You handled the topic in a creative way. Your message is clear and one many of us can relate to.
Bryan Rudolph11/28/11
Ok, I am walking away with the message of not wanting to be SPAM to God. Wow ! And that He would never delete me, regardless. Wow ! Your message (sermon?) was a healthy dose of statements and questions, in delivering a creative angle to the topic. Sign me up to read your take on next week’s topic.
CD Swanson 12/01/11
Congratulations on a well written piece. God Bless~
Julie Andre 12/09/11
Nice job!
Julie Andre