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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)

TITLE: Understanding Cost and Value
By sue moreland
03/07/07


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I remember a shopping trip with my three year old grandson, Noah. He was spending the afternoon with me and I needed to run a few errands.I promised to buy him a treat at the end of our shopping.. We discussed what we might buy and before we got to the store it was decided that we would buy a Thomas the Tank engine for his train set. But as we approached the toy section he saw something that was much more wonderful to him. A robot that could walk and talk and light up in bright colors. Robots were among his favorite things. In fact at the age of three it was his dream to grow up to build robots that would be sent to outer space and fix malfunctioning space ships. I had to admit that it was a wonderful toy and I knew of his passion for them, but the price seemed too high for just an afternoon treat. I tried to talk him into buying Thomas, the toy we had discussed, but he was adamant.He must have it. He had no concept of the cost so it was no use trying to explain to a three year old that it was too expensive. "He stood firm with robot in hand and said,"I want it". So I bought it.

That toy became a treasure to him. He played with it so much that after a couple of years one of the arms broke off. Even with a broken arm he continued to play with it. He named it Bingo and the cost was never important because to him it was his most valuable toy. It had so much potential and so many possibilities.

There are many things in life that are costly, many things that we can't comprehend the real cost and the value. They only become evident as time goes on. Jesus died on a cross after living a life of scorn. The cost to him was greater than can be imagined. And the value is even greater than the cost. And all he asks of us is to say, "I want it". He already bought it. I only hope in my own life that I can continue to see the value of his purchase and live with passion for Him.


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Jan Ackerson 03/09/07
Nice object lesson, which didn't take the turn I'd expected--good job!

You might want to break the longer first paragraph into several smaller ones for greater flow.

This'd be a nice devotional for a women's group.
Jacquelyn Horne03/11/07
Great example. I also so a great love of a grandma here. Good writing.