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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Example (07/25/13)

TITLE: To Be or Not to Be
By Bea Edwards
08/01/13


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We have all heard ďbe a good example,Ē but what exactly does that mean? Are we to hide the reality of our struggles and transgressions and put on a counterfeit, continually happy face? Why this false epitome of someone who has it all together?

Could the paradigm we set by putting on a fake smile while we are in actuality troubled or hurting inside, be considered a hypocritical Ďactí? Is this performance because we donít want to burden another with our problems or is it because we set too high a standard for ourselves and donít want people to know that we as believers struggle and are in reality promised a life of adversity?

Or on the other hand, if we are perfectly transparent with our humanity and the battle raging between our flesh and the Spirit within us, wonít we scare away potential seekers?

A sense of balance is recommended as a certain level of transparency will illustrate that itís not about us but in reality about what Jesus our Master Designer is doing in us. Little by little day by day He is transforming us into a pattern, the very blueprint which He chose before the beginning of time.

He is the Potter and we are the clay, eternally being modeled into a perfect illustration of His grace and mercy.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/04/13
You get right to the point in this short but powerful piece. You did a nice job of writing on topic while delivering a great message.
CD Swanson 08/04/13
Concise, meaningful, and so well done. God bless~
Barbara Caldwell08/09/13
I truly enjoyed your article it was nicely written, and also thought provoking. I agree with you it's not about us, but about what Jesus is doing in us.
Judith Gayle Smith09/16/13
Bea - I am absolutely shocked to be the only one to review this exceptional article. Makes me wonder what you could have accomplished with the remainder of the 750 word limit.

I am surprised that you are in the Beginner's Level. Methinks it won't be long before you run to Masters!

Praying with you . . .
Joyce Krznaric 07/26/14
I loved this. It's something I often ponder.