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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: googled (04/10/14)

TITLE: The Red Light Beckons
By Julie Barrett


The computer sat there, taunting her. Set to standby mode, the red light from the power button blinked a constant reminder of its presence. The distressed young woman couldn't concentrate on anything else but the beckoning light, calling her back to its side. It served only as a cruel and painful reminder of what she'd just done. 'Why did I Google it in the first place?!', she silently chastised herself. She knew she had opened a door to a whole new world, a sinful one, and she wasn't sure how to close it again, or if she ever could.

The impure thoughts she'd struggled with in the past had not been a concern for her before meeting Jesus. Casual sex and one night stands had been commonplace as she'd conformed to the world's standards. But since that day, almost three years ago, when her life had been radically transformed by Christ's love, she'd felt a strong desire to keep her thoughts chaste and pleasing to God. Her old lifestyle was now in the past and no longer how she wanted to live. However, it wasn't entirely forgotten about, occasionally resurfacing after watching a love scene in a movie or suddenly reminiscing about past sexual experiences. When this occurred, she felt discomfort in her soul, immediately followed by regret and repentance. God would gently remind her that it was wrong to relish in the pleasure of sin, even sin from the past. And so, she was learning that God required not only physical purity but also purity of mind. The virtuous path she had tried to follow, the one she knew God wanted her to walk, only made the events of this night even more difficult for her to accept.

“How did I get to this place tonight, God?” she asked aloud, her head in her hands as she sat hunched over on her bed. With her face covered, she could block out the blinking light that was a perpetual reminder of her sin and as she did, she let her tears come and cried out to God. “I've never looked at porn before and I didn't intend to tonight, but that ad just popped up while I was checking my email. I immediately closed it but the image had already burned itself into my mind. I tried distracting myself with other things, including things of You, but I could only focus on the passion that's been absent from my life for the last few years. I just Googled one sexual word and a million different websites sprang up, all more graphic and explicit than the first. Then the temptation came over me to look at some of them and in a way, experience it, even if it was just through a computer screen. I guess, I was lonely tonight, God and instead of turning to you, I turned to what used to speak to me of love and acceptance. Please, help me! I feel such shame and disgust and remorse! Please forgive me! This is not who I want to be! Show me how to find my way out of this new world I've entered into. Change my desires please, Lord! And thank you, that even in my darkness and filth and sin, You offer me forgiveness and wash me in your Blood, cleansing me of all sexual impurity. Thank you for your mercy tonight, Jesus.”

As she wiped her tears away, she felt able to face what she'd done after confessing it to God. Overcoming the shame she felt would be tough but if God could accept and forgive her then she would try to offer the same to herself. She knew it wouldn't be easy when temptation called again and the red light tried to lure her back to forbidden websites but she now had hope that tomorrow was a new day. In her darkness, Jesus had reminded her that He is the only True Light, and that she must look to Him in order to rise above the beckoning of a different light. No matter how lonely she sometimes felt, she knew she was never really alone. This truth she would focus on, as she walked forward, one day at a time, looking to Jesus for the true love and acceptance she so deeply desired.

The End

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Robert Douglas Brown04/18/14
This is a well written article and carries a powerful message. You should do very well with this one!

God Bless!

Julie Barrett04/18/14
Thanks so much for the compliment! This is very encouraging to me because it's the first challenge I've ever entered and I am totally new to Faithwriters. As well, I chose a 'risque' and controversial subject but one in which I wish to address and bring awareness to. I hope to do much more writing here in the future. Thanks again for your support! : )
C D Swanson 04/18/14
You've nailed the topic completely with this well written and prolific message. Very authentic internal conflicting dialogue. Great job!

God bless~
Larry Whittington04/19/14
This is a true to life situation for many who belong to Jesus except that some do not repent and desire to change.

The emotion put into the story is strong and compelling. This is a teaching story for each one. God always accepts repentance and confession of sin.

It is alway good to know that God forgives the sin but he does not erase the memory of sin. He lets us use this memory of sin to steer away from it when the next temptation comes.

Good writing.
Amelia Brown 04/21/14
This is a very interesting take on the topic, and it shed some light on a very real struggle that so many Christians face. I could feel the MC's inner conflict.

I would just advice that you use exclamation signs sparingly, and allow your words to evoke the desired feelings.

Overall, this is a very good read. It also ended on a positive note. Keep writing.
Sheldon Bass 04/24/14
Your subject matter could not be any more powerful and very pertinent for today. Viewing pornography on the web is something many people, even some Christians struggle to overcome. The battle is waged in the mind. I counsel a fellow who was/is (??) addicted to internet porn. He came to me for help after seeing nude pics of his 22 yr old daughter on twitter. He was really traumatized. I almost used that story for my entry, but there was just too much emotion involved. Good work.
C D Swanson 04/24/14
Congrats! God bless~
Robert Douglas Brown04/24/14
congrats! I knew you would do well with your article! Keep the good articles coming!

God Bless!
Julie Barrett04/24/14
Thanks so much to everyone for their positive comments and encouragement! I'm really shocked to have placed 3rd for my first challenge entry ever but needless to say, I'm very happy! I'm excited to begin pursuing my writing more seriously and to participate in future challenges. Thanks again for your support! :)