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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)

TITLE: Using Time Wisely
By Chris Stanley
04/10/12


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We tend to compartmentalize our lives. Work, that takes place Monday to Friday and often flows into our weekend. Church, that is for Sunday mornings. Fun, that is for Friday and Saturday nights. Holidays on the other hand, are our brief brakes in between the monotonous compartments we carefully divided our lives into. They are times we set aside for family, friends, time away from work, and good food. However, where does God fit in? We are often too quick to say Christmas is about the birth of the Messiah or Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus, but how much time do we really spend in worship? We get on our knees ready to shred open our presents but do we get on our knees to pray? We run to our seat at the table to feast, but how much time do we sit meditating on God? We are quick to empty our Easter eggs of all their candy, but do we share the events of the empty tomb with others? We commemorate the lives of many great dead leaders, former Presidents, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others, but when did we last take an entire day to honor the life of our living savior? The remaining question is how we will spend our next holiday and what role will we allow God to have in it?


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Laura Manley04/12/12
Good commentary! Lots to think about; good questions. In the beginning of this entry, you said something about a "brake" from work, etc. I think you meant "break." I like that you make the reader think.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/12/12
This is a thought-provoking sermonette. The questions you ask are all legitimate and ones many of us need to be asking.

You had a small typo -- brake instead of break. You may also want to divide a short piece like this into smaller paragraphs and double space between them to give the reader white space.

This is a good piece that truly encompasses the topic and makes the reader look inward. Nice job.
CD Swanson 04/13/12
Wow! Such a short entry and yet packed with powerful messages and great lines.

I loved this: "We get on our knees ready to shred open our presents but do we get on our knees to pray?"

Beautifully done. I was told as a writer it is easier to write long stories...the short stories with meaning and messages is more difficult, and the sign of a great writer.

Congratulations. You did a great job.

God Bless~