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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: Mutt & Maggs
By Trina Courtenay


Mutt, a handsome Heinz 57 pup and Maggs a papered, pampered Lhasa Apso met every afternoon at the city park. Maggs liked to read the dedication plaques on the park benches and Mutt loved to witness to Maggs. The shiny brass plaques were a good tool for Mutt to use. An example of how he used the plaques would be earlier this past June.

Mutt and Maggs were chasing one another around the lush grassland when Maggs was suddenly blinded by a blazing light causing her to run smack into the trunk of a big ole oak tree. Mutt stopped dead in his tracks and quickly made his way over to Maggs. “Rrrr Maggs, are you okay?”

“I was blinded by a bright light. Something in that direction.” She pointed to the left of where she lay.

Mutt looked in the direction of Maggs outstretched paw and saw what caused her accident. “Looks like there’s a new wooden bench with a shiny dedication plaque centered right on the back of it. When you’re up to it why don’t we see what it has to say?”

“Okay but you’ll have to give me a few minutes for my head to stop spinning.” Maggs paused long enough to catch her breath. “I must have hit my head real hard. I’m seeing stars.” She lowered her head onto the warm, soft dirt surrounding the base of the tree.

Ten minutes passed before Maggs felt good enough to walk again. She and Mutt made their way over to the new park bench. The plaque read, ‘Lance Delaney – He heartily did God’s work.’

The message confused Maggs so she asked Mutt to explain.

“The best way to explain God’s work would be to read John chapter six verses 28 & 29 of the bible.”

Maggs glanced in the direction of Mutt’s master and asked, “Mutt, did you bring a bible with you?”

“Nope, my dear lovely Lhasa, I didn’t.”

“Would you be so kind then as to tell me what it says?”

“Rrrr I can’t say word for word as I’ve been sloppy with verse memorization but I can tell you this. It means to believe in the one He has sent.*”

Maggs looked even more confused then she did after colliding into the trunk of the tree earlier and again asked Mutt to explain.

“Well remember the other day when I told you all about Jesus?”


Looking deep within her large chocolate brown eyes Mutt asked Maggs if she remembered asking Jesus into her life. Maggs said she remembered and after a brief moment of deep thought said, “So then if I believe Jesus is the Son of God then I am doing God’s work?”


“That doesn’t seem so hard. No lifting, no sweating for hours, no hard labor. Sounds like the perfect dogs’ life.”

“Rrrr Maggs doing God’s work is the hardest of all jobs on earth. It’s even harder than being a stay at home mother.”

“Mutt, you said all I have to do is believe in Jesus and I do. It’s not so hard.”

“Trust me Maggs, true belief is the toughest work you’ll ever do. Rrrr the devil loves to cause disbelief and that my dear friend is where the work comes in.”

The look of fear washed over Maggs face. “Why would the devil do that?”

“Rrrr he doesn’t want you to live for eternity with Jesus. He wants you all to himself and will test your faith and belief in the One who died for you.”

“Well he can’t have me. I belong to Jesus.” She said with confidence.

“But he will try and test you. Some days will be worse than others and you’ll need to stand firm in your belief for Jesus and what He’s done for you.”

“So you mean when the devil tests me and I choose to stand firm in my belief of Jesus that’s when I’ll be doing His work?”

“Precisely Maggs, precisely. Rrrr Maggs, want to know why I like you so much?”

Batting her long black lashes in an attempt to cover up the fact she was now blushing, Maggs responded with a yes.

“Cause you making witnessing so easy.”

“Mutt, what’s wit-ness-ing?”

“Rrrr why don’t we leave that question for tomorrow. Let’s go chase butterflies and try not to get blinded by the light again.” He winked at her and ran off after a monarch.

*Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the work God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
John 6:28-29 NIV

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Jan Ackerson 08/07/06
This is sweet--I'm curious as to why you made the characters dogs rather than people. The pragmatist in me wants to say "but dogs don't read, and can't receive salvation..." But it's a charming story, and easy to visualize. Very cute.
Ann FitzHenry08/07/06
I thought this was very creative. I love the title. I could almost picture the conversation between two children rather than two dogs. Great writing with a very valuable lesson! I loved your description of God's work.
Rita Garcia08/07/06
Delightful, charming and well written, would make a fantastic children's book!
T. F. Chezum08/07/06
Well written and very creative. I enjoyed the read.
Jen Davis08/07/06
A cute story with a great message. My favorite line: "It's even harder than being a stay at home mother." (Hint: see my story for the week.) I loved the ending too-chasing butterflies. Good job.
Joanne Sher 08/07/06
Cute! I also am curious as to why you made the characters dogs - I found the growls a bit distracting in some places, but otherwise this was very nicely done!
Venice Kichura08/07/06
I agree. This IS charming! Keep up the good work!
Jesus Puppy 08/08/06
For the Mutts, from a Pup... Good job.
Tracey Jackson08/08/06
Charming story. Using dogs as your characters is quite unusual but gives your message a profound simplicity I think. Well done.
Shari Armstrong 08/09/06
Well written, but I think it might have been more "believable" if it had been the dogs listening to, and trying to understand, their owners talking. Good characters, though :)