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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)

TITLE: My Big Splash
By LaVonne Wood


This is the day! This is the day my dad will be proud of me! I could hardly wait to get home to tell him the good news.

I am fifteen now and for years I have tried so hard to win my fathers’ approval. Unlike my brothers, it seems I can never live up to his expectations.

My Dad is big on sports. All four of brothers are either in basketball or football. They can spend hours with Dad talking sports and watching games on TV. Dad goes to all my brothers’ games whenever he isn’t working.

Though I am the oldest, I am also the smallest and shortest in size; not favorable for most sports. However, today I was asked to try out for the swim team. My confidence is soaring. I know I can make the team because my times are some of the best of all the kids in free-style swimming. I can swim like a fish! Dad will be so excited when he hears this news. Finally, he’ll be able to see I can do something.

Of nearly 300 students in my high school class, only a few, maybe ten at the most, were asked to try out for the swim team. Even if I didn’t make the team, just being asked is a great honor. I’m thinking maybe this will help make up for some of the many mistakes I’d made in the past.

I can already envision my Dad taking me to the competitions and cheering me on. “Swim, Son, swim .You can do it. I have faith in you.” Maybe we would even go out afterward for a soda and some man to man talks.
Dad was sitting in his big chair, reading the newspaper as usual when I got home. My heart was pounding with excitement as I rushed over to tell him.

“Dad, dad, guess what! I’ve been asked to try out for the swim team!”

He slid down his newspaper for just a moment and said, “That’s no sport”, and then continued to read.

My heart sank! I stood there in silence, trying hard to hold back the tears. I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. My heart was broken! How could I even please him?
I never did try out for the swim team. And I never tried to please my father again.

That was the day I gave up on life.

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Melinda Bozak04/14/13
This article broke my heart. As much as we as we tell ourselves, (and others) "We should live to please God, not man", it is human nature to seek the approval of those we care about. If this story is true, I am praying that the Holy Spirit breaks through this attitude of defeat and that brings encouragement.
We were created to glorify God. Not ourselves, not our parents, or spouses, or bosses. They cannot define our value. We are valuable because God created us. What we decide to with His creation is our thankful response and gift to Him in return.
I wish the MC would have gone on to make his big splash in the competition.
This article really expresses how we can let the discouragement of others can steal our dreams, our excitement, and our joy.
C D Swanson 04/15/13
This story was powerful as it pulled on the heartstrings, and it was emotionally jarring, especially the sobering ending.

Not all stories have happy endings, so this was realistic in its take, almost having an authentic tone.

Through Christ, we can do all things, and if this is based on a true story,I pray that the Lord will bring you His peace, and His light.

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith04/17/13
You have made me crawl into my husband's heart and truly feel the pain of a child never receiving affirmation or affection from his tfather. He only heard that he would never finish anything, never amount to anything, Today my hubby is a wonderful lover of our Lord and Savior. He receives loving encouragement from His true Father.