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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Extra (08/29/13)

TITLE: No Fair, He's Got More Than Me!
By Amy Hatton


Great, painstaking care is given to every delicious, mouthwatering scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream that garnishes each bowl, because dessert in our house is not taken lightly. As a mother of three beautiful children, I have been thoroughly trained throughout the years in the art of equality. These precious souls have ingrained the concept of fairness into me. I assure you that I no longer casually, nonchalantly dip out ice cream for dessert. I have learned my lesson when on multiple occasions the words, “No fair! Mommy, he’s got more than me!” have rung into my ears. To a child, a mother’s love and affection is directly measured by the size of ice cream scoop they receive. Just the thought that someone will unjustly receive more than their share (or less than their share – depending on what side of the bowl they are standing on) is earth shattering. If one sibling should obtain a slightly larger increment of ice cream, all chaos breaks loose! To an adult, this rationale seems absurd. But to a child, extra ice cream equals extra love. (Or at least one more bite, which to a toddler, is quite significant.) To diffuse the meltdown that incurs as a result of extra ice cream, scrupulous measures are now in place to assure accuracy and precision in the scooping process. This mom skillfully, deliberately, and meticulously scoops identical, equal desserts for all!

In adulthood, we tend to lose the intensity and passion that we once possessed as children. For the most part, learning the lesson that life isn’t fair, works to our advantage. This helps us hold down jobs, be successful in marriage, and function in society. Throwing a temper tantrum to our boss, “No fair! He makes more money than me!” is simply not advisable. We have learned to overlook the slight, minor injustices of life. Even conforming to the attitude, “They may have more than me, but it’s close enough.” Gone are the days when chaos breaks loose over our sibling’s extra ice cream. Now, the extra salary of our colleague is tolerated in the name of maturity. Instead of fighting for more, we are usually content with the scoop that we have been served.

In fact, we pride ourselves in our evolution from spoiled toddler to easygoing adult. We have worked hard to achieve our temperate status. The Fruit of the Spirit, long suffering, and tantrums are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Therefore, we are trained to overlook trivial inequalities. However, the same mature grownup characteristics demonstrated in our daily lives, might hinder us in our spiritual lives.

When it comes to the things of God, we are likely to continue on in our grownup pattern, “They may have more than me, but it’s close enough.” To fight for something more, something extra, never crosses our mind. To humbly take what we have been scooped has become our standard and norm. But our relationship with the Lord is much more important than a raise at the office. In this instance, we need to take a lesson from my equal opportunity demanding children. “No fair, God. He’s got more than me!” Very similar to the words of Elisha, “…let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” 2 Kings 2:9 KJV. We must get in tune with our inner child, become jealous and zealous for the things of God. No longer pacified with a portion that is close enough, but longing for much more. The next time God is serving up His blessings and sweet desserts, ask your loving Father for an extra scoop!

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C D Swanson 09/05/13
Beautiful message in this devotional. This line said a lot: In adulthood, we tend to lose the intensity and passion that we once possessed as children.

Nicely done.

God bless~
Chris Goglin 09/08/13
I enjoyed your humor mingled with positive attributes. Raising five children myself, I see how you can relate to your children's antics and develop them into a great devotional. Wonderful job!
PamFord Davis 09/11/13
Very insightful and creative. You might try using shorter paragraphs, makes it easier to follow...

Wing His Words
C D Swanson 09/12/13
Congrats! God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/12/13
Congratulations for ranking 1st in your level and 22 overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)
Bea Edwards 09/13/13
Very creative and thoughtful devotional. Well done and congratulations.
Sharon Eastman09/13/13
As POA for my father's financial affairs, this devotional spoke much wisdom to me. As I have to share with two other brothers, I must be honest with God, myself and them. Thank you for this informative and inspiring devotional.
Charla Diehl 10/03/13
Congratulations for taking first place in the quarterly winning circle. Anyone with little ones understands how important those equal portions are. Good job. I enjoyed this entire piece.
Phyllis Stokes 10/12/13
I smiled big at the end of your article. Very refreshing. You effectively pointed out an interesting twist in the cycle of life.

Yes...give me more, Lord.

Congratulations on winning 1st place with your first FW article!