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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: Darwin Only Had Two Feet
By Nathan Perkins


In a South American expedition Charles Darwin had guides (Gauchos) who, from their horses, could catch a rhea by throwing bolas with two balls attached.

Darwin watched them to learn how it was done so he could catch a rhea himself. When his guides tossed the bolas, the rhea would tumble to the ground with the cords and the bolas wrapped effectively around its ankles.

Upon Darwin’s first attempt, he manages to tangle up his own horse.

In his journals he writes about the account "The Gauchos roared with laughter; they cried they had seen every sort of animal caught, but had never before seen a man caught by himself."

I’m sure Darwin’s ability to catch those rhea evolved with practice, assuming he was determined enough to try again.

Darwin has been credited as being the founder of evolution. Though his own Grandfather, Erasmis Darwin, and others theorized the same, even centuries before Charles Darwin.

Evolutionists generally believe, as we as a species evolved we began to walk more erect. It is conceived by those who hold to evolution that our species would have come originally from a very primitive lower life that swam, before it slithered. They would have believed that it slithered before it crawled. Then eventually and in gradual degrees this species that we call “human” and “we” started to stand on two feet and walk from place to place.

If a segment of the species failed to progress in this manner they simply would have eliminated themselves through a process called natural selection which is also known as the survival of the fittest.

It would be a tragedy to have never evolved (though I don’t personally believe evolution happens outside of any given species). It would be bad if our species was only and always a primitive single cell to never become more.

Marking evidence in the connection for developing species was Charles Darwin’s work. The evidence for evolution was so important to him he watched it with care and celebrated the appearance of evolutionary evidence.

Do you take such care of your spiritual life? Has this past year been the kind of year where you have shown marked evolution, spiritually? Does your spiritual walk show evidence that you have evolved? I hope so.

The book called “The Darwin Awards” is a somewhat morbid look at the theory of evolution. It is subtitled “A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises Honoring those who improve the species...by accidentally removing themselves from it!”

Are you putting up the safeguards that will protect you from being a candidate of The Spiritual Darwin Award? I would subtitle it as “A Chronicle of the enterprising demise of those who improve the witness of the Christian community by accidently removing themselves from it.”

If you measure your spiritual growth like one measuring the crossing of one species over to another, could it be said that you’re a new creature? Is the old gone and has the new come?

I was surprised one year when my grandma sent me three socks in a bundle, instead of a typical pair of two. She had an unusual sense of humor.

Attached to the sock was a note that read: “When I asked your mom about what to get you for Christmas, she told me that you grew a foot this year. That is why I sent you three socks instead of the normal pair of two.”

Evolutionists look for abnormalities in a species to try to determine how that species has evolved. Evidence of an extra foot would certainly be notable.

It would be nice to report that spiritually you have grown a foot this year, either by evolution or just simple growth.

An extra spiritual foot may improve a person’s spiritual walk and possibly make them more fit to be a spiritual survival.

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LauraLee Shaw01/24/08
Interesting information and illustration. I like your title.
Jan Ackerson 01/24/08
The opening story about Darwin was a great hook!

This devo wandered a bit; a tightening of the focus might be in order.

Clever title.
Beckie Stewart01/24/08
I enjoyed the weaving in of Darwin in this challenging piece.
Helen Murray01/30/08
There is a very interesting point made here, that Charles Darwin (like the celebrated Bertrand Russell) arranged his scientific oservations to back up a point of view he acquired from his father. It seems in both cases, that the idea was planted (and accepted) before any observations were made! Thanks for that.

The article contains some very interesting information. I'd like to see it more clearly focussed to bring out the major idea. What one thing were you trying to get across?
Marilyn Schnepp 01/30/08
Being too busy to go look up "rhea" and "bola" in the dictionary, I'll just admit I'm ignorant of what these things are; however, it had some interesting points, and I especially liked the "Socks part"...as I needed the humor. A bit rambling but nice job..(I think)..because I know nothing about rheas, bolas or evolution. So just consider the source on this Critique. (*.*)!
Tim Pickl01/31/08
As we grow in God, hopefully we are evolving into His will for our lives! Thanks for sharing....