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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Sufficient Abundance
By Andrew Curtis


Sufficient Abundance

I stopped to get gas on my way to work the other day. I was about to leave the station when my car refused to start. It was trying and trying to turn over, but it just couldn’t do it. I first became frustrated and a little upset because I was now going to be late for work. I sat in the car, fuming for a bit, trying to start it every few minutes to no avail. I called my mechanic, but it was before eight and he wasn’t open.
My mind raced to think of what to do. My roommate was still asleep, my fiancé was several miles away, as were my parents. I turned the situation over to God and asked Him to at least allow me to get the car started so I could get back to the house just a short mile away. After several more attempts, the car finally started and I limped home.
I called the mechanic and explained to him what was happening. He told me to bring it in and he would look at it. I was nervous and scared that the car wouldn’t start and I would have to pay an extra sixty dollars to have a tow truck drag my car to the garage.
I finally called my dad and he agreed to meet me at the garage and take me to work. My roommate finally woke up and offered his help as well. I got a hold of my fiancé while at the garage and she offered to pick me up after work and take me to my car. This day, although the circumstances weren’t the way I wanted, I had an abundance of help from friends and family.
Just like the abundance of help I received with my car, God gives me an abundance of tools to use in my life. I overlooked them when I was younger and thought I could do everything on my own accord. I realized, after several failed attempts, that I needed help. God gave me an abundance of teachers and guides to point me in the right direction. Christian friends, support groups and small, intimate gatherings are gifts from above. God placed the people in my life at the time when I would be most receptive.
When I place God first in my life, I can see and use the resources He gives me. Inversely, when my selfish desires are placed first, I feel let down and cannot see the blessings in my life. I strive to keep God first and foremost, but I get in the way sometimes. I think I can better manage my finances, relationships and career better than He can. I am aware, when looking back over my life, that God has definitely managed me better than I possibly could have.
God’s gifts are precious commodities that I should not take for granted. He’s the best coach, encourager and parent I could ever have. Money, cars and other material objects are just no match for the way God fills my spirit and soul. Without Him, I would be nothing. With Him, I am everything. An abundance of love, concern, peace and teaching are presented to me through my Father in Heaven. Only He has the ability to give me these things. For that I have an abundance of gratitude.

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Virginia Gorg06/16/06
A good message on the sufficiency of abundance, and how it can be in actions, not always things. (Needs some white space between paragraphs.)
Amy Nicholson06/18/06
This is a good reminder to us. God is always there. We just have to look to Him. God bless.
Sherry Wendling06/19/06
I like the way you took a story we can all relate to, and transitioned into a valuable teaching!

Most readers will begin to make the connection from parable to lesson as soon as you begin the transition, so to maintain the 'sparkle,' you might want to trim down the amount of words you spend on the lesson at the end.

Nice entry--keep writing!