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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Employment (01/26/12)

TITLE: Occupational Therapy
By Ken Langenbrunner


Webster seems to think that there are three particular defining phrases that will help us understand this word employment. First he states that it is the act of using, second, an occupation, and third, a business or activity. So, I guess by these statements I am ‘employing’ the word ‘employment’ by occupying my time for this assignment! The word time comes to mind when I think of employment.

Time is the most precious commodity a human possesses. We determine how much and when we will use it, either to the good or detriment of ourselves. Therefore, the employment of it, the act of “using” it, is determined by how we occupy it in our daily activities! Confused yet? Let’s parallel it to our Christian life.

The employment of our time in a Christian lifestyle demonstrates to God our Father our desire to serve Him with the most precious thing we have to give. Our job, our occupation, our employment as a child of God is to daily be on the lookout for those needing one of many spiritual gifts He has availed us with and employ it to the aid or need of that lost soul, or hurting brother or sister in Christ.

Our business, or activity, our employment should always be centered on representing our Savior with the fullest admiration and praise before others. My employment was in printing newspapers, but the printing activity could have been just as easily in a darker area, such as, smut magazines or gossip rags. Therefore, my employment needed to represent and showcase my standards and morals.

We have heard from Webster, so now what do you think when you hear the word employment? What comes to my mind is security, accomplishment, career, steady income, the fulfilled desire to eat for at least another week! Unfortunately, employment to some only means survival. On the flip side, what about the lack of employment, which brings to mind needs.

As a child of God, we are heirs to riches untold, and the owner has promised us that He would supply our needs! Maybe at times our lack of employment, or better employment, is allowed to happen to test or to teach faith and trust. It is so easy to praise and trust in good times, but what about the troubled times? Kind of like marriage, for better or worse, through richer or poorer, till death do us part!! Why not put to use the word “employment” first and foremost into God’s work, and let Him take care of the rest?!

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C D Swanson 02/02/12
This was a well written piece, on topic and had a very strong ending. Great job.

God bless~
Helen Curtis02/03/12
This is well written and held my attention right through to the end. You have made very valid points, stating the facts - what employment is - and then showing how they apply to our lives as Christians. Thank you for sharing this encouraging reminder with us. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/05/12
You made some outstanding points. I really like how you gave real world examples to correlate with the scriptures.

While you covered the topic, you almost overdid it. You used some form of the word employment almost 20 times. There is no rule that says you can't use the topic word, but some of the best stories are ones when the topic word is not mentioned.

I liked how you summed up all if your points at the end. You had a creative take on the topic. It reminded me of the verse, In all things ,give thanks. That's not always easy to do. God has used some of my most trying times to bring glory to his name.
Leola Ogle 02/07/12
Good points were made! Good writing. God bless!