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

TITLE: What Does It Mean to Me?
By Thomas Kittrell


What Does It Mean to Me?
April 10, 2006

What is fulfillment you ask me with expectation?
Thinking you have me at a loss for words to reply.
You know how I am never satisfied with my work;
That I look on my efforts, shake my head, and sigh.

I could tell you what my dictionary has to say,
That it equates fulfillment with satisfaction.
But I will tell you what it really means to me,
And I will be interested in your reaction.

Fulfillment comes when with a grieving mother
I go to my knees and to our Heavenly Father pray
Her heart is broken, but her love is strong,
For her wayward son who has gone astray.

Fulfillment comes when I lead a soul to Christ,
And see the transformation that takes place,
As I watch the frown from lifeís disappointments,
Give way to a wonderful smile on his face.

Fulfillment is mine every time I go to church,
And hear Godís people joyously sing,
The hymns of worship I love so dearly;
And their praises to Christ, the King!

I am fulfilled when I see a dear saint laid to rest,
Who has lived in the shadow of Godís love.
Whose grieving family left behind take comfort,
For they know her home is now in Heaven above.

What is fulfillment, you ask, and I must answer.
It is knowing that when death comes calling me,
It will not be my loss, but rather my gain;
For with Jesus, my Redeemer, is where Iíll be!

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Jan Ackerson 04/17/06
You've come up with some lovely examples of fulfillment.

A little more work on the meter of this piece will bump its quality up a notch or two. Thanks for writing this thoughtful verse!
Denise Spooner05/01/06
Wonderful piece Thomas. I can relate fully to a wayward son or two, I saw the smile on the new believer's face, I was ther with you rejoicing to in Lord and King, I did have peace at my Mother's bedside as she drew her last breath and went home to be with our lord, and I longingly await the day the song 'Fly Away' by FFH is sung at my funeral when it is my time to go home!
Patricia Charlton06/12/06
Nicely put and clearly stated, everything is found in Christ.
Angelo Subida07/11/06
Our fulfillment is in Christ and serving others. Your piece reminds me again of this. Real good writing, Thomas!
Janice S Ramkissoon07/25/07
Beautiful, I know I read it last year but never stopped to critique. Glad I didn't 'cos I might have said something like 'fullfillment is being happily married' but life would soon teach me that putting my husband before God (intentionally or not) was a recipe for disaster. Today I can read this with a smile on my face and say yes, I agree with your discription of what it means and to sum it up nicely, fulfillment is seeing christ shine through me. Enjoyed it second time around.
Jan :)
Clara Knox03/10/08

Excellently put. The Kingdom needs more people who can articulate who they are and what they are about, in the Lord. Blessings
femi onabanjo07/22/08
Nice poem. Captures my idea of fulfilment too. A very insightful piece - typical of all your writings. The Lord is your strength (and fulfilment, I might add)Shalom :)