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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)

TITLE: My Biggest Challenge
By Ed Arrington



22 JANUARY 2012
I must say this: Writing is hard for me. I have a sleeping problem which often impairs my ability to function at the writing level required for even a modicum of success. However, at the age of sixty-seven, God has burned all the bridges that might link me to do something else. He has created within me an uneven desire to pursue any other form of work in this world around me.
My wife told me long ago, that I would always have a restless spirit if I did not write. Ive had only a casual interest in her opinion for the majority of our married life, now approaching forty-seven years. In the last three weeks, however, casual interest has turned to total agreement and absolute confirmation regarding my writing life. My restless spirit, simmering for all these years, has accelerated to an inner, almost suffocating rage that threatens to destroy my walk with the Lord and to derail me from the pathway of spiritual success that God desires of all His children. It is precisely because I have been indifferent to my ability and privilege to write, that God has chosen to remind me of the price I will pay for the satanic dismissal of His will for my life. My restless spirit will continue to surround me with waves of apathy, uncertainty, and discouragement. I do not intend to let it go that far.
1 John 2:15-17 proclaims an accurate and searing truth concerning the danger of Christians who immerse their life in the pointless and futile quest for enjoyment of worldly pleasures: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of possessions is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
The prolific delay of sacred momentum in my writing life can be traced directly to the factual inclination of me to be sabotaged by the landmines found in the above verses. My biggest challenge to overcome their explosive power will depend upon the determination to agree that Gods claim on my life will impel me to write every day, and to never give up on my eternal journey to glorify God, now and forever.

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C D Swanson 01/26/12
Well you certainly have a gift of writing. Nicely done. Just try to give more white space next time...perhaps you know that and the "non paragraphs" were an error. That has happened to me one time before.

Beautiful job. Keep writing in His name - Blessings~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/26/12
You make some good points. While I see the agreement between the wife and MC, I also see the disagreement between God and the MC. I think many of us can relate to wanting to ask God, "Are you sure?"

You may want to double-space between paragraphs to give the writer that needed white space. Also give the translation of the Bible when you quote scriptures.

I'm glad God called you into the world of writing and that you listened! I can tell you have a passion for following God's word. Nice job! Keep writing and don't get discouraged.
Grace Merkey01/27/12
It is true the most important one to agree with is God. You did a good job.
Judy Sauer 01/27/12
It's awesome when someone acknowledges that God has called them to write. I encourage you to keep working on this calling.

Beginning your story with "I must say this:" is not necessary. Writing is about saying what's inside so to declare "I must say this:" is redundant.

Keep working on your calling.
Leola Ogle 01/31/12
Our lives are always so much more peaceful when we obey God. May He bless your writing career!