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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: Note the Destination not the Journey.
By Mtheto Hara


We all have heard at least once in our lives that life is a journey.
At one point I am sure we must have thought well, “ where are we going and who is waiting for us there” and of course we always ask “ who booked us on this trip? They didn’t ask me; maybe I didn’t want to go anywhere.”

Well life is a journey from the day we are born to the day we cease to exist.
Some travel longer distances and others short ones and some because of abortion don’t even get to go the distance at all. They are forced to skip the trip and go straight to the final destination.

All the same, life is intended to be a journey of experiences from which we ought to learn and grow.
Some parts of the journey make for very smooth sailing like when passing through kindergarten and primary school where pretty much a lot of everything is done for us and we just sit and enjoy the ride.
But as we reach the famous bumpy and hilly valleys of teenage-hood heading to adulthood, suddenly we are faced with challenges of self-discovery and social placing as so many changes within and around us take place.
It is usually at this stage of the journey that many questions arise and the most important one of all being “ where am I going and how best can I get there”.

It is at this rough stretch of the road when passing through the sloppy valley areas that we need to affirm that we have the best driver to handle this vehicle namely Jesus.

For those that may wonder “ why Jesus?” well, dude’s Dad is God and he made all these roads that we all travel on.
You see the idea is that all the roads are supposed to lead back to heaven but the thing is only Jesus knows the specific direction.
Especially when it comes to navigating those rough hilly corners in the valleys of self-discovery, Jesus is unrivalled and all others are mere guessers.
No other driver will get you there except Jesus and his car never fills up.
There is always room for more and we all get to sit down.

Well of course the other drivers out there seemingly have more attractive SUV’s and we all would love to ride in fancy cars and cruise in style but the question still remains
“ Why cruise in style if you just keep going around in circles and never reach your destination?”
All the other drivers out there will run out of gas while you are still stuck in the valleys of no where and nothingness and your life will pretty much have been wasted – in style of course, if style is something you find more worthwhile than eternal peace and happiness.

So how best do we conclude this? Well, lets put it like this; if you aren’t sure where you are going and whether or not you will get there, then just jump on to Jesus’ bus.
Because no matter how uncomfortable some of those twists and turns may get, you are at least guaranteed that you will get to heaven and meet God.

Well then, bon voyage and don’t forget to buckle up. It is a bumpy ride ahead but not to worry because Jesus is taking us home.

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Joanne Sher 08/20/06
Great analogy! I liked your conversational tone - though at some points it seemed a touch too casual, if you know what I mean. You also may want to watch run-on sentences. I enjoyed this "trip!" Thanks for writing!
Jen Davis08/23/06
I also enjoyed your conversational tone, although I thought the "dude" part did not fit the piece. I really liked your closing paragraph. It left me smiling:) Keep writing.