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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: The Baby
By Sylvia Hensel


No one at the church would ever forget the day she became a new born Christian. It was a spectacular event, one of those times when heaven comes down and touches earth. There was no doubt in their minds that they had witnessed the death of a sinner and the birth of a saint.

She was an answer to their prayers. No one had been saved in their church for so long and none quite like her. She knew nothing about their beliefs, the Bible or this living Jesus. She immediately joined the church and began to attend Sunday school where she asked questions about everything and her church family was delighted to answer them.

She was a breath of fresh air to the church. It was so evident she had a unique relationship with the Lord. Her hunger to know and serve Him was sincere and it was catching. They came alive in their excitement to teach her all they knew, but before long she was giving them insight to scriptures that they had not considered. After a while, they turned the class over to her and were an attentive audience.

Shortly thereafter, the congregation voted out the pastor. When she heard the news, she was brokenhearted. She had never heard of such a thing, after all, he was a man of God and it just didn’t seem right. She begged them to let him stay. They felt so bad, they did. However, the members of the church had grown weary of the pastor’s method of preaching and teaching, and coerced him into letting her teach and preach many Wednesday services and sometimes even on Sunday mornings. She loved it as it gave her an opportunity to share what Jesus was showing her.

One day she came before the Sunday school class. “The Lord wants me to share a scripture with you. I’ll be reading from The Living Word. Please turn to Hebrews 5:13.” She began to read, “You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the place where you need someone to teach you all over again the very first principles in God’s Word. You are like babies who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food. And when a person is still living on milk, it shows he isn’t very far along in the Christian life, and doesn’t know much about the difference between right and wrong. He is still a baby-Christian!”

The next Sunday, she sat in her class all alone. No one had come. As she sat there, a feeling of embarrassment and shame came over her. As tears streamed down her face she cried “Oh Lord, please forgive me my sin of pride. I thought I knew so much, I made a total fool of myself. And I am so ashamed for usurping the pastor’s position. I should never have agreed to teach and preach in his place. That also was pride. I am so sorry!”

Suddenly, she felt loving arms surround her and a Voice whispered, “It’s alright my Child, it’s not your fault. They just forgot for a while who the baby was.”

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Jan Ackerson 01/24/08
Interesting; this almost reads like a parable in its narrative style.

Beckie Stewart01/25/08
I enjoyed this very much.
c clemons01/27/08
I am confused by the ending. Maybe it's just me. Is the end still referring to her as the baby or the members that didn't show? Because it's not the length of time that you walk with Him but the quanity of time spent in His presence. Overall nice telling of the story. Good job.
Betty Overstreet02/01/08
Very well done! I really enjoyed the story line and the way it was written. I am excited to read more of your work, now that I have found you. Love in Christ, Betty
Tunisia Lewis02/22/08
You have a lot of wisdom to share with the world. i work with your daughter and all i wanted to do was to encourage you- after reading this short story- to keep writing!!!

a fellow writer-of-faith