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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)

TITLE: Downloading Duo
By Sharon Eastman
11/30/11


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Jody walked into our lives in the late ‘90s. He was still a teen at that time, and like all teens seemed confident and cocky. Yet, behind that façade lay a desperately lonely, insecure, and troubled man child. He made acquaintances with our son, Todd, at a mental health clinic where both were being treated for depression and anxiety. Both were taking psychiatric medication and receiving intense counseling.

Long, soft apricot hair crowned Jody; it was gorgeous and caused the girls to stare. It resembled, I assumed, the hair of the biblical David, which complemented his ruddy good looks and sparkling green eyes. As a very intelligent being, he knew vast amounts of knowledge and could match wits with the best of them. That was his problem – he was too smart for his own good!

Todd had a more subdued nature. Good looks also graced him with sandy brown hair and mischievous blue eyes. He enjoyed people, and his sense of humor always attracted a crowd. Mechanically inclined, he was popular with the crowd repairing car stereos, cars, mopeds, and other miscellaneous items. We were unaware that Todd was experimenting with drugs. A bad drug episode led him to the mental hospital, which was the saddest experience of our lives.

We were so happy when Todd made friends with Jody. Their friendship kept Todd out of trouble. And, after dropping his drug buddies he needed a wholesome cohort, or so we thought.

Todd was overwhelmed with joy whenever Jody visited our home. In fact, we all were. Their routine was to go shopping, get a take out pizza, and download music and movies from the computer. Computers were big and awkward, and some operations had become obsolete in the B.F. era. (Before Facebook) Jody really enjoyed this activity as he loved music and movies. His favorites were the Miami Vice soundtrack and Motown oldies.

In spite of his troubles, we were proud that Todd had earned an Associate Degree in Computer Science. Because of his skills, Todd was the engineer with Jody as their DJ. We knew this endeavor was illegal, but as long as they kept it quiet, we allowed it. Many happy times ensued, but eventually friction developed between the two friends. Their friendship faded away when Jody made a botched attempt at suicide. Todd was empathetic and even visited Jody in the hospital. But, the magic was gone, and our happy days of downloading vanished.

The Bible is God’s precious word. It was written through authors empowered by the Holy Spirit. They wrote what God said, precept by precept, story by story. The Bible even promotes itself in Psalms, Proverbs, and all biblical books. It is the authentic story of Jesus Christ, sin, and salvation. “Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. . . I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.” (KJV Ps.119:11 and 16)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could download God’s word into our spirits?! Instead of head banging memorization by card or contest, all we’d need to do is press a few computer keys, download, and we’d always be ready to praise the Lord and foil Satan’s attacks. Scripture would be downloaded into our hearts.

Well, a method like that is not feasible, even in our advanced technical age. We must educate ourselves in the Bible page by page, chapter by chapter. Memorizing and re-memorizing God’s precious word is the best avenue to accomplish this goal. Going to church, fellowshipping, and even singing hymns helps the effort. It takes time, perseverance, and dedication, but learning scripture is never in vain. Always remember, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (KJV 2Tim3:16)

Thank you, Lord, for our amazing advances in technology. Thank you that it produces immediate communication and information. The downloading process is one of its most helpful attributes. Help us to utilize these modern machines for our benefit, not our harm. Most of all, thank you for the precious Holy Bible, which never goes out-of-date, but it is as current as the morning newspaper. Help us to penetrate the lessons in it so that we can become like Jesus. Amen


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/01/11
This is a great devotion. You took a fresh perspective on the downloading illegal music. I think it is something many people don't think twice about.

You may want to put the Bible verse and prayer in italics. You can do this by putting in the beginning of the verse and at the end put

Your prayer was lovely. This is a moving testimonial and I'm sure it took a lot of courage to share.
Sunny Loomis 12/14/11
Thank you for this piece. Good descriptions of the two boys. Very nice prayer. Keep writing.