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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Willingness (02/21/05)

TITLE: The Volunteer State
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02/26/05


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It has been just about twenty-four years since I lived in Middle Tennessee, one of the Great States (East, Middle, and West) of Tennessee, but I remember with pride learning that one of our state’s nicknames is the Volunteer State. It got this designation by the willingness of Tennesseans to volunteer for military service. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s sports teams carry the name Volunteers. There is a lot of pride associated with that name. The name has taken on a life of its own. More than likely, many people do not know the origin of the title “Volunteer” in Tennessee’s history, they just like cheering on the Vols.

Roget’s Thesaurus (1922 version) gives” voluntariness” as a synonym for the word “willingness”, so, with this in mind, we could say that Tennessee is the Willing State. The phrase, “willing volunteers” is redundant because inherent in volunteer is willingness. Many times, we think of volunteerism in terms of doing something for the love of it rather than for pay. Someone might ask about a particular job or position, “Is this position paid, or is it volunteer?” This implies a certain motivation on our part.

In relationship to God and his Kingdom, do we live in the volunteer state? Are we willing do be and to do what has designed for each one of us? Willingness implies a forward movement. Are we volunteering to move forward in God’s time and place? Living in a volunteer state involves serious commitment that relies on our integrity to finish the work. Do we willingly surrender to the task with an eye toward the goal of its completion?

Living in a volunteer state is not a solo venture, but a group effort. I Thessalonians 5:11(NIV) says “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” In other words, “Let’s go Vols.”


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donna robinson03/01/05
Wow you packed so much food for thought in this short piece. It read so well that I forgot I was in the beginner's level! Great job
Karen Deikun03/04/05
I really appreciated this little gem. I loved the analogy of "living in the volunteer state" in relation to the kingdom of God. In addition your exposition on the word volunteer gave some new insight. This piece moved along very well toward its goal and was clean and well written. Great job!
Donna Morton03/06/05
I'm originally from Tennessee--East. My family is HUGE Vol fans! I really like your piece--the analogy is wonderful and creative. GO BIG ORANGE!