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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Dont Look Back (04/19/12)

TITLE: Those momentary looks backward.
By Osmer Harris
04/20/12


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I am finally beginning to like myself.

Yes, life has been tough, a lot tougher than I had hoped for, and yes I wanted all the nice things, but that did not happen; I wasn’t that good.

God must have had a different plan than I did.

As hard as it was, all those things made me the person that I am today. A little cantankerous, but I am stronger in spirit, bolder in delivery, and less wrapped up in what people think about me. (It’s moments like this that I value the gray hair and wrinkles, for I no longer have to worry about impressing anyone.)

Do I care about how I affect you? Absolutely, that is part of my life in Christ, but is it something that consumes me, no; it is part of my nature now.

You see, I failed in life. I failed myself and those around me, and my failures brought all my dreams crashing to the ground. But those things I deemed failures have caused me to understand how great the Father’s love and mercy is toward me.

So don’t tell me “Don’t look back!”
Those momentary looks backward remind of:

That fearful darkness that I never want to see again.

How much love God poured out on us.

The extraordinary price He paid for my redemption.

How unlovable I was, and yet He loved me.

And that there is a hope of life with him.

Those occasional looks backward remind me that my mission is not to point out the failures in others, but to show them that God is merciful beyond measure.

There is yet another reason why I will not say, “Don’t look back,” because that is where the cross is. He died on that cross so that I might live, and not just me, but everyone that would put their trust in him.

Yes, the cross also points to our future, but sometimes you quietly need to remind yourself of your past, then you can see forward with a little more clarity.


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Nancy Bucca04/26/12
I really like the message in this, especially the part where you say that your mission is not to point out the failures in others but to point them to God. Good job!
Camille (C D) Swanson 04/26/12
Nice job with this entry...You were totally on topic and delivered a powerful message for the readers. I really enjoyed this. Thank you. God Bless~
Genia Gilbert04/26/12
This seems very honest and real to me. Many people could certainly relate to it. The message is good, and I enjoyed it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/28/12
I really enjoyed this. Your message is a perfect one for me right now. I love how God does that and am grateful for your obedience in writing this. The first line whacked me in the side and took my breath away. I'm working so hard to get to a point where I like myself. Some days I do okay and others I need reminding. God bless and thank you.
Lillian Rhoades 04/29/12
Interesting. You literally took the topic in a different direction and made your points well.

I would suggest reading over the piece for contradiction in words or thougts. 'That I never want to see again' contradicts your belief of the importance of looking back. If you look back, you WILL see the darkness again...thus the contradiction.

I would also suggest putting the opening sentence into the body of your piece. Your opening sentence usually gives an idea of what you'll be discussing, at least in non-fiction article; and is then supported by your conclusion.