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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Banquet - deadline 8-16-12 10 am NY time (08/09/12)

TITLE: Just Don't Quit
By Ken Ebright


Abby found her seat at the table next to the podium on the stage. A waitress with a pitcher of water tripped, dumping it all over the back of Abby’s dress.

Later Abby was served dinner. She went to pick up her napkin, but on the way to her lap, her hand hit the dish and spaghetti fell on her dress.

An half hour later the Master of Ceremonies got up to speak. "Ladies and gentlemen… can you hear me?" He took his finger and tapped on the mic. "Well I guess I’ll have to speak really loud."

One of the sound people rushed up on stage and replaced the mic. The speaker began again. "Thank goodness, now I don’t have to yell. Welcome to the Coalition Of Christian Athletes annual banquet. Our speaker is a swimmer who won a gold medal in the recent Olympics. She has been a born again Christian since she was five. She has trained to be in the Olympics since she was five years old as well. Please give a warm welcome to Abby Runner."

The audience stood up and clapped as Abby took her place behind the microphone. "Thank you for honoring me with the Certificate of Achievement award. I wouldn’t be here today if it was not for the Lord Jesus Christ."

The crowd started to clap again. "Just in attending this banquet I learned something about perseverance. The mic problem we had a few minutes ago was not the only thing to go wrong today. Shortly after I sat down, a waitress 2tripped and accidentally spilled water on me. Then I reached up to get a napkin and hit my plate dumping spaghetti all over my dress. Good thing the podium covers up my bottom half." The audience laughed.

"We have an enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy. When I swam at the last Olympics, my body wanted to quit. I kept getting these messages in my head: ‘You can’t do it, you’re going to lose.‘ When I am in the race I need to persevere, just like I had to do tonight. When these distractions happen, don’t give up. Don’t let them steal your thunder. Keep going and you will win the gold. Then on the final day, the Lord will say ‘well done thou good and faithful servant.’ Thanks again for honoring me tonight. May the Lord bless all your endeavors."

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C D Swanson 08/16/12
Great job with this insightful entry. A powerful conclusion for your clever piece brought it together in prolific fashion.

Thanks. God bless~
Catrina Bradley 08/16/12
Abby is so encouraging! She's a great example of persevering despite the annoying darts the enemy tosses at us. You could work on more showing - like when the waitress spilled the water down her back - instead of telling us it happened, put the reader in her chair. What does she experience? You did a great job of showing when the mic doesn't work - you don't tell us, you show it happening through conversation and action. Your story is very good, and your message is clear and poignant.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/17/12
I liked your take on the topic. There are so many thought-provoking truths in it.

I do wish you had given us a greater sense of the MC. What did she do when ice water was spilled on her back? How did she relate right after the spaghetti speckled her dress? Did she grit her teeth or close her eyes and pray.

Your last paragraph was quite powerful. It is so easy to get caught up with the cares of the world. That's how the devil worms his way into our lives. You did a great job of showing how to cling to God through the tough times.
Genia Gilbert08/18/12
Good lesson on perseverance, and wrapped around the topic well. Good entry.