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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)

TITLE: Please, Remind Me with a Sneeze
By Andrea Van Ye
04/18/13


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Suddenly, spontaneously, it starts.

Triggered by an irritant, the swell builds.

Muscles contract with choreographed precision, culminating in the eruption of a simple sneeze.

Achoo!

It occurs naturally.

That which is aggravating our nasal passages is gone.

Sigh.

I just wish I could eradicate irritants in my relationships as easily.

It just doesnít come naturally.

Iíd like to say that loving people comes easy to me all the time, but it doesnít.

Sometimes, itís hard. Things that people do aggravate me. A lot.

Jesus knew that we would struggle with difficult people, and it would be hard to love them. He said we would have trouble, and it would not be easy.

People will reject us, offend us, provoke us and rattle us.

They will hurt us, use us, abuse and confuse us.

People will slander and gossip and lie.

They will manipulate and exasperate and rile.

I donít like it when Iím faced with troublesome people. I want to lash out and cast the irritant away from me. I want to be done with the situation, and sometimes, done with the person.

But Jesus has other ideas.

He calls us to love our enemies.

Thatís hard for me on a good day, nearly impossible on a bad.

Thankfully, Jesus did not leave us alone to figure it out. He sent His Holy Spirit to work in us and teach us, to strengthen us and empower us to walk in a way that does not come naturally.

Please Lord, remind me with a sneeze, to love my enemies.


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dub W04/23/13
Normally, I like prose connected and flowing, but your construction showed your intensity.
Beth LaBuff 04/23/13
What a very clever devotional. The style you've chosen lends itself perfectly to your message. I enjoyed and appreciate your writing here. Thanks!
Judith Gayle Smith04/24/13
At least we can count on being blessed when we sneeze . . .
lynn gipson 04/25/13
CONGRATULATIONS! An HC is level one is very rare! Excellent writing, my friend!
lynn gipson 04/25/13
I'm so sorry dear, I meant EC not HC. EC is much better. Editor's Choice is rare in level one. I think you might think of moving up a level! Very good writing!
Christina Banks 04/25/13
Congratulations on you EC! Great job!!!
Sheldon Bass 04/25/13
Wonderful entry! Congratulations on a well deserved EC!
Linda Rogers04/26/13
I really "connected" with your words. What a great way to remind us to love the ones we'd rather be done with.
Good Job!
Judith Gayle Smith04/26/13
Congratulations!
Charla Diehl 04/26/13
Congratulations on making the EC list and placing 1st in your level. Surely you'll be moving up a level soon with writing like this. Nice flow, great message and liked the ending sentence--it tied the whole piece together.
Bea Edwards 04/27/13
You made great use of contrasting the sneeze irritant with a human element and the reminder to love people in spite of how they are. This was a wonderful piece of work. A sneeze cue would be beneficial for me numerous times each day!
Well done and congratulations on placing in the EC.