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

TITLE: Be Full of Grace
By Gail Burks


Friends of ours were invited to a reception for a local politician running for State Senator. This event was being held at a beautiful hall known for hosting wedding receptions, birthday parties and school dances.

The ticket price, per person, was $500.00, so a table of 10 would run an easy 5,000 dollars. When they told me about the affair, I was excited for them. Several local and state politicians, business leaders, pastors, media types and constituents were scheduled to attend.

I was intrigued by the event, as it was not being held in the downtown area, but in our local suburban area, an area sometimes caught in the economic and social injustices plaguing so many communities today. Nevertheless, this particular town, and the surrounding communities, have obviously worked diligently to keep a strong climate of growth and prosperity.

When one is invited to events such as these, is it appropriate to use the opportunity to network, ask for favors, and schmooze? Or, should one just attend, enjoy the festivities, the dinner and ambiance?.

It is my opinion that being a Christian in the political or social scene, it is definitely important to let one's light shine, as one never knows the impact made on another's life. I have read many stories of those that profess to be Christians, but get involved in situations that are unbecoming as sons and daughters of God.

My husband attended a banquet, a few years ago. It was a very nice affair with several awards being given to the local High School students for excellence inside and outside the classroom.

In attendance were church members, teachers, administrators, parents, and of course, students. My husband sat with some school officials, with a couple being fellow church members, who had been saved for many years. The conversation began innocently enough, but after a while, the church member, who was also an elementary school principal, began to say some very unflattering and untrue comments about the Pastor and First Lady.

My husband and another member, looked on with great shock, as they tried to interject a comment, but the principal continued to talk....throughout the entire appetizer, main course and dessert. Most disconcerting was the fact that this table of 10 had people who did not attend church and were there to support the students, only.

How disturbing! What a missed opportunity to let God's glory shine.

As various political and social events are popular during this time of year, the body of Christ must remember to let their light shine before all men. One may disagree or have a concern about something, but the bible is clear when it says in Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Let's remember the Word of the Lord.

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C D Swanson 08/16/12
Beautiful conclusion...that said it all and touched my heart. Nicely done.

Thanks. God bless~
Catrina Bradley 08/16/12
Your concluding verse is one I try to remember. But in the face of the adversary, in a very public venue, it's hard, isn't it? You gave us some great truths to think about.
Nancy Bucca08/16/12
There's much to chew on in this, an important message for us all when it comes to sharing our faith. Thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/17/12
You did a fantastic job in this well-written devotion. It is so important to start with a story that most everyone can relate to. You set the perfect scene for this topic.

The main thing I might suggest is to do more showing. Sometimes people find it harder to show in a devotion or a Bible Study. Just by switching the beginning a tad, you can paint a picture. My friend called to tell me that she and her husband received the invitation of invitations. Her voice bubbled over with excitement as she rapidly relayed the details to me, words mixed with giggles. Hopefully this shows how she was excited to go and that this is an important event.

You did a beautiful job of showing how important it is to stand up for our beliefs. It's not always easy but it is something important that we all need to be reminded of. You managed to express yourself, back it up with scripture, and do all of this without coming off as preachy. This is a delightful read from beginning to end!
Wilma Schlegel08/22/12
Such a great message. It takes constant vigilance and effort to live our whole lives as a glory to God. Thanks for this reminder.