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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)

TITLE: First Place
By Connie Husby


Overweight with health issues, I decided to take the bait. Eaglebrook (our church) started a pilot group of gals to start the ďFirst PlaceĒ diet program. Itís been 5 weeks since I first stepped on the scale, and to date I have lost 5 Ĺ pounds.

The focus in this group is to place God first in our lives, and as we do this and follow the diet and exercise plan, hopefully we will become more obedient to God. Just when I thought I was doing okay in the relationship area with Christ, I find out I have been disobedient and sinning on purpose!

Studying Godís Word and reflecting on my life, I have discovered huge discrepancies of what I thought was okay, that simply is not kosher with our Lord. For example, I have not been worshipping God, and putting him in first place; NO, on the contrary Iíve been placing God last, indulging in lifeís pleasures, when indeed I thought the opposite. I have been a very bad girl.

When and if we evaluate our relationship with God and examine our life, itís surprising what mischief we have indulged in and we actually believe it is morally right. Now, truthfully, what is wrong with this picture? Iíll tell you what the big deal is.

My goodness people, we too often get lost in this crazy immoral world we live in, and actually begin to think the immoral part of it is okay, after all, doesnít everyone do it???? The Media, Hollywood, our neighborhoods, bars, bookstores, movie theatres, videos, not to mention some church friends, they do it. My God, itís like we are invaded on a daily basis by Martians, and sinful creatures at that.

Why is it, I buy into worldly sins? Itís easy, itís available, many people indulge and itís much more fun than reading my bible. Thatís why! Itís called temptation folks.

Iím beginning to really see the light, In I Corinthians 10:13 it says, ďYou have been put to no test but such as is common to man: and God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but he will make with the test a way out of it, so that you may be able to go through it.Ē The tests are temptation, which I have failed miserably, and itís only through Godís grace I am given another chance even though I have failed many tests. One would think God would understand I just donít do well with tests. Little do I know God is transforming my old ways.

I need to treat my body like the temple of Christ that it is, and quit abusing it. I need to place my God before everything else and praise him. He is a jealous God, and trust me.. as I read in scripture His will for each of his children is so wonderful and exciting, if we only put him first and become obedient to his word. We must remember, God wants all of us, not just a tiny ďon SundayĒ part, no God wants us all. As a result of becoming more obedient, then and only then am I able to start reading his word each morning, eating right, exercising and focusing on what God is trying to teach me. Itís a journey, and God is not finished with me yet. If Jesus could go 40 days without eating or drinking anything, I should be able to go the distance with Godís help.

Itís only with the fulfillment of Godís Word that I am able to become the daughter God wants me to be. I can only hope and pray that our Father in heaven will continue to teach me each day through my sin, stumbles and pratfalls, and continue picking me up.

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Gini Branch04/13/06
Good start on this story. Keep writing. For more interest, maybe narrow the focus. Show me a couple of steps toward fulfillment.
Crista Darr04/16/06
I enjoyed the way you voiced this message - with joy. Well done!
Marilyn Schnepp 04/17/06
A nice common sense type story of discipline, priorities etc...but needs something to keep the Readers interest; it becomes bogged down and could lose the Reader midway through. Without that certain "something" that first lures them in, then keeps them, you could lose your Reader. Keep up the good work!