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

By esther robinson


“Hey girlie! If I had all the talents that you possess, I would be scaling the peak called success” Amy told Judy who stepped out of the auditorium beaming with joy draped in a silk saree the traditional dress of south Indians after having performed the mistress of ceremony in the birthday celebration of a celebrity. Having floated in the seventh heaven throughout the day accepting appreciations Judy retreated for her quiet time with God at night.

Before she could read the daily devotional passage, in a jiffy, the day’s happenings flashed like a movie. Secretly she smiled analyzing every act. Suddenly a frown flooded her face questioning, “What could that mean?” From then on, this question alone kept nagging her mind. It replayed a couple of times before a sense reminded the cause for her entry into that private room - spending some time with the Saviour in silence. Forcing the comment, “Hey girlie! If I had all the talents that you possess, I would be scaling the peak called success” out of her mind she once again focused her eyes on the Bible. Slowly she read a chapter from the epistle of James and intermittently told, “Lord! Teach me! Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.”

Her mind once again heard the echo tracking the voice of Amy and playing her rhythmic recital repeatedly. “If I had all the talents that you possess….does she mean that I am very talented? Then I am afraid of settling accounts proving my accountability about the proper talents investment and managing in the extension of God’s kingdom on earth. Scripture says 'For to everyone who has, more will be given.” My God is particular that I tally the amount entrusted with me.

My inner man virtually stood outside my physical frame condemning and concurring, “Isn’t that true Judy? Aren’t you still a backseat driver? Amy told that you have not been scaling the peak called success as yet with all the God-given talents. Check! What have you done for your Creator? Time is short and what do you intend doing?”

My weary frame reprimanded, “Judy! Stop it! Don’t be jabbering such stuff.”

“I understand. Truth is like eating neem paste. Shall I get back?” responded her conscience.

“Sorry my dear. You are always right and whenever I fail taking your counsel, I end up in a mess. Forgive me.”

“Now that is alright. Get back and focus your mind on God’s word” counseled her conscience.

Judy once again read the daily devotional portion digesting every word “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.”

Judy exclaimed, “Eureka! The KMS principle will work. It has both the lock and key. I desperately need this lock for my mouth. I will use the lock as key and utter useful, soothing, encouraging and healing words and in other situations lock it. Keeping Mouth Shut is a lock that works wonders because in the multitude of words sin is not lacking. The one who restrains his lips is wise. Death and life are in the power of how I lock and open my tongue. At last I have found the lock that is sure in leading me to success.” With happiness Judy once again read the daily devotional message, kissing those life giving words she sent a ‘thank You’ note above.

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Jan Ackerson 03/14/06
I was confused at times by the shifting point of view, but was relieved that Judy finally found the key! Keep writing; you have good ideas.
James Clem 03/15/06
You command a great vocabulary. I'd simplify it a bit. Your readers might not be quite as adept as you are. I'd also shorten sentences (beginning with the first one which is 4 lines long.) These are just suggestions in style. I like the message... once we got there. James is, of course, my favorite book. : - )
Virginia Gorg03/16/06
I found this a bit difficult to read - seemed confusing to me, but I like the KMS principle.
Kurt Youngdale03/17/06
I understood the passage from James that was quoted, but I agree with the rest of the comments, this piece confused me and I didn't understand much else (besides the verses that were quoted).