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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Lock (03/06/06)

TITLE: TURN THE KNOB
By Paul Potenza
03/08/06


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TURN THE KNOB

Sometimes thereís a feeling that you get. Itís a feeling that maybe you donít belong. It can sneak up on you.

You can be walking along a semi-deserted street at Christmastime, enjoying the bright colors, when suddenly, you pass by this house and hear laughter and music coming from inside and it occurs to you that youíre on the outside looking in.

It can be when your best friend suddenly comes up with a NEW friend.

It can be when your spouse talks incessantly about the new supervisor.

It can be after your parents have died and you wish more than anything that you could talk to them just so you could hear the sweet sound of their voices one more time.

It can be the time at the beach when you were young and thin and you KNEW that you looked good as opposed to how you view yourself now which is horrible and fat and ugly.

You can name the circumstance,

But youíre not allowed in

You look for ways to be allowed. But, inevitably, youíre locked out.

Pretty bleak huh?

Let me give you some words of advice...

Knock on the door at Christmastime. Make friends with the new friend. Go meet the supervisor. Take your favorite pet to the graveyard. Look at yourself as the vibrant, alive person that you ARE.

And remember the words of the One who knew what it was like to be locked out but who always managed to get in:

Luke 11:9
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.Ē

The door is not locked...

You just have to turn the knob.


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Jan Ackerson 03/14/06
Nice words of encouragement, written well.
David Story03/14/06
Funny you should mention this passage from Luke. It was part of our Bible Study last week.
Thanks for reminding us that He is always there for us, even when it seems others may not be.
Jessica Schmit03/16/06
This is great. Words of life, written with authority and hope. Great job!
Kurt Youngdale03/17/06
I know just what you mean, but I think it's more a feeling of insecurity than a feeling of being left out.
At least that's the feeling I identified with when I read your article.
very nicely done.
Linda Germain 05/10/06
Reminds me of the picture of Jesus standing on the side of the door with no handle...waiting for us to turn the knob and give HIm entrance. This would make a good devotional. Nice writing. :0)
Marilyn Schnepp 09/23/06
Loved it, loved it, loved it! You are such a good, storyteller; don't ever give up writing! It's in your blood Pauly! Kudos.