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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: WE NEEDED TO GROW
By Paul Potenza
01/09/08


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WE NEEDED TO GROW

The congregation was split. It was about a 50/50 shot goin in.

We all agreed that we needed to grow.

The motion by the elders was that we bring in an Involvement Minister. That alone was big time. After all, we had always been sheparded by just one minister. The idea of bringing someone else in was nerve wracking to the older folks, especially Pauly.

Pauly was the grounds keeper and he had his own way of doing things.

But the vote was passed because we needed to grow, so the new Involvement Minister was brought aboard. Pauly made up his mind that he was going to embrace this new brother and make sure that he and his family were taken care of.

Friday came and Pauly dutifully mowed the church lawn.

Then came the phone call.

Pauly wasn't home yet so his wife took the call. It was the new Involvement Minister asking when Pauly was going to mow the lawn. I guess that the new minister thought that the blade was too high.

I am Pauly.

Our congregation was not growing. I had to make a decision that involved not only me and my selfish egotism, but my entire church family.

On the one hand, I could choose to shun this young upstart. I could smart from his unintentional criticsm and send him and his young family packing. On the other hand, I could accept his words and hug his neck and meet his family and make them my own.

There comes a time when we need mending.

This was such a time.

I remowed the lawn with the blade set to his satisfaction.

Painfully...slowly, we are starting to grow.

I can't wait to see what's next!


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Debbie Wistrom01/10/08
There is a lot of good stuff here, keep writing. I can't wait to see what is next.
Temple Miller01/10/08
Precious story. It should be placed in church bulletins.
Jan Ackerson 01/11/08
Whoa, you stopped me in my tracks with the "I am Pauly" line. Excellent!
Joy Faire Stewart01/11/08
Excellent example shown by Pauly. A lot in this piece, quietly said. Good job!
Nathan Perkins01/12/08
I've been arogent enough to make such a phone call.

Thanks for being so forgiving.

This was so real to life, I thought it was a story about me.

You have a life challenging style. Keep writing!
Tim Pickl01/18/08
Let my people grow...to be humble! Excellent article on the topic.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/26/08
Instead of a "stitch in time saves nine" - How about a "A sharper Blade in time saves nine"? A great moral in this piece, Pauly..."keep your cool and just forgive the fool" - and keep up the good Grizzard tactics! (*.*)