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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)

TITLE: "Simon Says"
By Ramona Cook


It is locked into the heart of our human nature to desire to ascend. We aspire to increase in stature, in wealth, beauty, power; there is no limit to list of accomplishments we envision. Why then, does so little of the accomplishments we would do, ever happen for us in actuality?

There are steps required in the getting and doing of everything. It is not possible to get a drink of water unless we engage the proper procedures to so. It is not possible to build a house unless we assemble the necessary items for building a house.

Too often we dream a dream and place no credibility in that vision; therefore, we fail to look for the path to the realization of the dream.

Sometimes we have dreamed a thought not worthy of birth; but we may have whatever we allow the mind of our hearts to formulate, Jesus said so.

Jesus advised us many times in the Scriptures to be careful of the thoughts we think and the words we say. What does He know about the power of process regarding the employment of those activities?

We are not on this earth without the power to “bring into existence” either good things or bad things. The responsibility is ours to be discerning, and prayerfully thoughtful in the living of our lives.

We must have a “plan,” a goal, or else we float with every breeze that blows against us. More often than not we then find ourselves placed where we never wanted to go. Perhaps we find ourselves in a marriage we simply slipped into, or living in a place we do not enjoy, or suffering illness because we did not recognize the need to order our lives in healthy ways. Some will eventually find themselves in Hell, and The Lord knows they never planned to go there.

There are “steps” we must take and plans to be made if we want to avoid the ditches of life. That is true of the dimension we live in currently, and also true of the dimension we will live in after the here and now.

Jesus said, “Come to Me,” “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man comes to the Father except by Me.” “He who comes to Me, I will never cast out.” Now, those are some steps we must all take to plan for a future that is beautiful and wonderful, and lasts forever and forever.

The chances of residing in Heaven are not 50%/50%, because there are two places to go, as some have said. By the time we leave this life, the odds are 100%; you will reside in Heaven most assuredly, or in Hell most assuredly; it all depends on the steps taken now to “plan” the course.

This is a proclamation of good news! We are each one invited to live with God forever in the joys of Heaven, only it requires of us to take the “Step” of calling out to Jesus for the Salvation He has provided for us and which He pleads with us to accept.

Step Up now!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/08/12
You make some wise and thought-provoking points in this piece. It is true that we will never get to Heaven on our good deeds but only through Jesus.

I stumbled a bit over some of the sentences and had to reread them. (One example was the last line in the first paragraph) If you ask someone to read your story out loud and you hear them stumble that's a good indication that you may want to restructure that line to something like this: Why do so few of our aspirations actually turn into our accomplishments? That may not be exactly what you meant but I hope it helps show you what I was trying to say.

You do a nice job of covering the accomplishments and pointing out to the reader exactly what one needs to do. I can feel the passion in your words and have no doubt that you want to spread the word of God to as many people as you can. This article will accomplish that, even if it only be one person it will still be a success. For if Jesus could only save one person, he still would go through the agony of dying on the cross to save that one person. That's a powerful statement of love and you do a nice job of showcasing that in this article.

C D Swanson 12/10/12
WOnderful job...creative entry that I fully enjoyed.
Thanks. God bless~
C D Swanson 12/13/12
Congrats! God bless~
Bea Edwards 12/15/12
Congratulations on your winning entry. Your advise is timeless.
Olawale Ogunsola12/15/12
A worthy win! Congrats. The journey to the Master level has started, you'll get there safely.