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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)

TITLE: I can't help but fade away...
By Kristi Wood
11/25/06


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I can’t help but fade away…

When I was pushed aside for being too enthusiastic about my crafts, my passion faded…

When I was denied the opportunity to mentor teen girls, my dream faded…

When my middle-school drama team was disbanded, my spirit faded…

When I was struck with a chronic illness and was beat down and fed garbage for trying to cope, my hope faded…

When I was asked to step back from the video production that I hoped to teach myself, my goal faded…

When I volunteered at every call for a creative team and was ignored each time, my volunteer’s heart faded…

Every human has a flaw, every church does too.
God’s love is more than enough to carry us humans through.
I remain devoted to the savior I love, and to the church where He speaks to me.
But my desire to serve has waned. I’m just too tired of the strain.


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julie wood11/30/06
I could really identify with this poem, having experienced a lot of rejection in my life!

I like the repetition of the line "I can't help but fade away"--that sets the mood for the piece beautifully!
Catrina Bradley 11/30/06
So heartfelt and heart breaking. I hope this volunteer doesn't give up, but finds the outlet God has planned for him/her.
Donna Emery12/01/06
Wow! How sad! A willing volunteer and no one wants to make use of her. I also hope this person finds a place to serve.
Leigh MacKelvey12/02/06
An honest piece and very sad witness for the church. The Church needs to seek each member's gifts and help them to work for the good of the whole Body! I agree with the above about the title ... very descriptive of the feeling and the condition of someone who has been overlooked and rejected. I really liked this article!
Dennis Fletcher12/04/06
I can understand the feelings here, but i can also share that God will provide the perfect place to serve, for anyone who feels this way. He allowed me to go through many attempts at volunteering only to fail or be ignored or to be asked not to come back, but now, He has provided the right opportunities.

Good job, the writing is well done.
Myrna Noyes12/04/06
It is sad for any volunteer to give up and fade away! What a loss for humanity! God has gifted us all with talents and abilities! He also has a place in mind for us to use them to bless others and bring Him glory! Thanks for sharing your heart with this piece!