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

TITLE: Lock Picking 101
By Virginia Gorg


Kris and Molly headed to class. “Another boring day,” sighed Kris. “I can’t wait for this semester to end.”

Mr. Carr said, “Today we will discuss Lock Picking 101. We will learn how to pick one particular lock and be amazed at the treasures within. Are there any questions?”

“Mr. Carr, how is picking a lock relevant to Marketing?” asked Molly.

“Good question. Any other questions?”

A few students asked questions, but all received the same response.

Mr. Carr continued, “Now that the questions are finished, let’s get back to Lock Picking 101. Does anyone know how to pick a lock?”

The students were puzzled over Mr. Carr’s refusal to answer their questions, so no one ventured to respond now.

“As I indicated, there is one lock you must learn to pick. The reward is gold, silver, and other hidden treasures. Is anyone interested?”

All hands went up, and Kris decided that this might be a good class after all.

Mr. Carr said, “What would you suggest to use to open such a lock?”

Brian said, “A sledgehammer.”

Kris said, “A large rock.”

Several students offered similar answers. Mr. Carr told them each answer was wrong.

“To pick this lock, you simply need the key of faith.” Mr. Carr let silence permeate the room for a few minutes, then continued: “The key of faith unlocks the Bible, which contains God’s plan for our salvation. In Galatians, Paul reminds us that we were all prisoners of the law and sin, but our faith in Jesus Christ gives us treasures untold.”

A few students nodded in agreement, while others scowled and slumped in their seats. “Bible thumper,” groaned Dylan, the class star. “That Book is outdated and doesn’t have anything to do with today.”

“Dylan, is there anything in life you fear?” asked Mr. Carr.

“Sure, losing the big game and not getting a hot date for Saturday night,” replied Dylan with a huge grin.

“Since you claim that you fear nothing, how would you respond to this?” Mr. Carr read the following verse: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

“I don’t believe any of that Bible stuff. That’s for babies.” Dylan expected students to agree with him, but no one did.

“Jesus tells us that our treasures must be stored up in Heaven, because they rust here on earth. Jesus is our firm foundation, a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. Faith in Him is the key to this treasure of which I am speaking,” Mr. Carr said.

Molly asked, “But Mr. Carr, my church says we only have to be good people and do good things and we’ll go to Heaven. I don’t understand what you are telling us.”

Mr. Carr responded, “Luke tells us that experts in the law, which is what your church claims to be, have actually taken away the knowledge and locked it up. Furthermore, they have not entered into the treasure trove and have hindered others from entering.”

Kris said to Molly, “It’s like I have been telling you. The Bible contains truth, spoken by God, about salvation. The only way is through Jesus Christ, and not by works.”

“Very good, Kris,” said Mr. Carr. “If we earnestly seek God, He will reveal His truth, wisdom, and understanding to us. With faith, we can unlock the riches inside this book. For Lock Picking 101, we don’t need hammers or rocks, we need simply to come to Jesus honestly, knowing we are sinners, and relying upon Him to guide us.”

Brian asked, “I’ve never even read my Bible. Where do I start?”

Mr. Carr said, “Genesis. In the beginning God created. In the New Testament, start with John, which tells us about God, His character, and His desire to share life with us. The Bible unlocks mysteries and allows us a glimpse of God. The key to eternal life is faith, so break the lock off your Bible, open it, study it, and you will receive eternal life.”

The bell rang, indicating the end of class. Mr. Carr said, “For homework, read John Chapter 1. Tomorrow we will discuss how to market ourselves for Christ. Have faith.”

The students left the room. Dylan mumbled as he sauntered out, but resolved to himself to read his Bible at home that night, in the secret of his bedroom.

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James Clem 03/13/06
Good story and smooth flow. Well done.
Jan Ackerson 03/14/06
I'm a bit confused by the ages of the students here, and by the setting. The illustration is great, though.
Christine Pellew03/14/06
I wish that we were able to have this type of teaching in the schoold.

We have been robbed, and our children are being robbed from these treasures. Just think I could have spent my life studing Bible Prophecy which I love. I could have been teaching Bible Prophecy!

I wonder if I have a case with the ACLU, after all I am OFFENDED that I was not made aware of these things in school. lol
Kate Wells03/16/06
Good story! We certainly need more teachers like this. Kate~
janet rubin03/16/06
This was very nice- made me sad to think how little this could really happen in America. Something I've learned this year: avoid using things like "Mr. Carr said" or "asked Mr. Carr" around the dialog. Instead do something like this:

Mr. Carr set his briefcase on the desk. "Today we will be discussing..."

That way we know he is talking, but you didn't have to into with "Mr. Carr said"

Smooth reading though and enjoyable.
Jessica Schmit03/16/06
A great story, but unrealstic in many parts of the world (unless the school is private or Christian) I thought you were very creative with the topic!
Shari Armstrong 03/17/06
I'm guessing this wasn't set in a public school? :) nicely done, some good things there.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/18/06
Impossible scenario in today's world - sad to say. God and the Bible have been kicked out of everywhere except the heart of man...and that is why FW is so great! Nice job, however; and thanks for sharing.
Kurt Youngdale03/19/06
Is this a public school or a private school? I dont remember a marketing class being taught in High school, is this college? It's obvious that the message in the story is what is important, but the setting and background dont seem realistic and detract from the main point.