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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Hidden in the Past
By Milton Niles


Hiding in the Past

Throughout my life I have been hidden away in my past. Always being cautious of everyone around, yet wanting to be wanted. I did not trust anyone, not even God. I had love in my heart but yet I cared little about myself. Being abused during my childhood made me that way. I had tried over and over to show my mother how much I cared for her but to no avail. Therefore I grew up without love or affection. I never knew the meaning of love or how to have respect for women so I used them in any way I could.

Through the years, I drank and did what I wanted, never really looking for God. I did however care about not hurting others feelings. If someone needed anything and I had it I would give it to them without hesitation. I remember one person in particular, I will call her Linda. Linda was married to a so-called friend of mine. They were older than I was but yet we seemed to get along. Linda had a hearing problem and needed a new hearing-aid. Her family had money but yet they would not help her.

I happened to be at John and Linda’s one day when they were talking about getting some help with her getting a hearing-aid. I had a color television that needed repair and had taken it to the shop to be fixed. I borrowed a hundred dollars for that purpose. As I sit there listening to John and Linda, I made up my mind right then and there to buy her that hearing-aid. I did not get my television needless to say.

After about six months I happened to over-hear John and Linda talking behind my back, believe me that hurt me like crazy. It definitely did not help my trust in people. There I was back into my past and becoming even more cautious than ever before. To me I had no purpose in life what-so-ever and knew I was not good enough for anyone to care or love me.

Then one day being way down in the pits, something happened that changed my whole life. I found out that there was really someone who loved me unconditionally and even gave their life that I might live...That person was ‘Jesus Christ’. God really loved me so much that he gave his only begotten son so that I might have a way back to him. That is what true love really is...

I now had a purpose in life which made all the difference in the world. I became a new person and came out of my past. I now have purposefulness in my life. I have since become an author and found great joy in people. I have also become more aware of the need to care and help others who have been in the same position as I was. I am more determined today than ever before to help spread the ‘Love of God’.

God is the reason for my purposefulness and I would not have it any other way.

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Brenda Kern 06/02/06
You stated near the beginning that you had a problem with trust, then used an example of why later--that's a good example of "show, don't tell."

You don't need to have 'but' and 'yet' together; use only one of them.

Keep writing for the Lord and sharpening your skills for Him!
Rita Garcia06/03/06
Heart-touching! The touch of the Master's hand, reaches us where no one else can! Thanks for sharing this story!
Joyce Sykes06/06/06
Opening up and sharing your heart and past is never easy. Good example with Linda and John. Continue to allow the Lord to use you to minister to others through your past and His grace and love He has shown to you.