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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: A Day in Life
By Walter Kahler


A loud buzzing sound fills the bedroom. My eyes open slightly. I glance over at the nightstand where the clock sits displaying three a.m. The debating committee in my head contemplates hitting the snooze button. Todayís choice is to get up. Placing my feet on the floor, I arise and sit on the edge of the pillow top mattress. I rub my eyes and greet a new day. The alarm worked like a charm. I have gotten out of bed, and the first hurdle of the day has been successful.

There is a reason to the madness of getting up so early. The answer to the early bird rise may not be what you think it is because the usual suspects have been acquitted. Yes, I have to be at work on time which happens to be five in the morning. Driving the thirty minute commute is inevitable. The twenty minute hygiene time is going through the motion. Coffee and a cigarette are optional. All of these steps are necessary to fulfill my responsibility to the employer. The real deal is my commitment to Christ. I have to start my day off in the Light because failing to do so opens the top to Pandoraís Box.

Before I was saved, my reactions to lifeís terms were filled with negative thinking and wrongful behavior. I did not look forward in crawling out of bed because there was nothing I liked about the world. I was engulfed with anger and full of pessimism. I treated others unkindly and caused harm to those around me. I felt entitled to everything and wallowed in self-pity because nothing good was happening. My conscience was non-existent, and I compromised every Christian moral imaginable. I was like a tornado leaving behind a long trail of wreckage.

So, upon awaking it is imperative for me to start my devotion. Surrendering myself to God is the difference maker in responding spiritually to the challenges of the day. This gives me the best possible approach in facing the people, places and things I will encounter. I have learned through salvation there are hidden situations contained inside a twenty-four hour period of time. My preparation is proportionate in the way I handle the ups and downs of life.

As a result from following God, I have come to understand that a day in life has a series of books at my disposal. In order for me to reach for the right one I need support. God has the only bookends strong enough to keep me from leaning. He allows me to stay upright under all circumstances. No matter how faltering I become the wisdom in overcoming my difficulties lies in Godís library. The Bible is the truth. The key of unlocking the door to Godís kingdom is putting faith into action, and His rewards are limitless. I no longer have to stumble over the events of the day.

At the end of the day, I set aside time to spend with Christ. I take a look at the way I presented me. I make sure to see the areas I have fallen short, asking for forgiveness and noting the individuals I need to make amends for my shortcomings. I thank Him for saving me, and I now can sleep in good conscience knowing I am in good hands.

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C D Swanson 02/06/14
Wonderful entry, and I especially loved the peaceful conclusion.

I too need time with my Savior and King, and love His word. So, I often fall asleep with Bible in hand, how marvelous is that? And, then upon awakening, I read His word to start the day!

Thanks for your story.

God bless~

Toni Hammer02/06/14
I enjoyed the bookends of the story--how you begin and how you end your day. May the Lord continue to bless you for your commitment to Him.
Amelia Brown 02/07/14
Beautifully done. I enjoyed this piece and it really encouraged me. Devotion, the bookends of the day. This complement the topic very well. Keep writing.
Larry Whittington02/07/14
It is like a conversion story where Jesus makes the difference.

May Jesus make the difference in my life as I comment on others writings.

Keep your heart in heaven and you eyes in his word.
Sheldon Bass 02/11/14
Leaning on the everlasting and strong arms of God. Good entry. Keep on submitting them. Blessings!
Toni Babcock 02/12/14
Wow - this is really great. What a dynamic testimony of God's sanctifying grace at work - I hope you keep writing your story. So many need to know they are not alone in their trials and temptations - and Jesus is the answer. Thanks for sharing - great writing!