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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: The Nature of the Beast
By Shakera Reid-Stewart
01/24/08


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The nature of the beast is to desire what looks attractive. Nature’s cruel joke is to have us desire that which is restricted and off-limits. The grass always seems greener on the other side, but we never stop think of how aesthetically pleasing it would be on the side that we occupied, if only we wouldn’t neglect it.

Liken two individuals to two animals fighting over a piece of meat, if you will. The stronger, more persistent of the two will conquer and win the ever elusive prize if they stay focused. If one or both take their eyes off the prize, they tend to be distracted by a more tempting morsel. Greed and selfishness insinuates themselves into the situation. The struggle intensifies as they attempt to maintain what is already in their grasp, while also trying to secure what was never meant for them to begin with. The challenge in itself is invigorating and gives a false sense of authority and power.

When all is said and done, whether man or beast, what is for you in life, and only that, will be for you. Hold fast to what you hold dear, and nurture it, even in the time of famine and drought. For it is said that what you reap you will sow.
There will come that time again when the harvest will be plentiful and you will be able to see the fruit of your labor. The joys of forbidden fruit are fleeting, but true love endures all.


Know that the grass will always look greener on the other side. What we fail to realize is that when we get there, it too takes hard work. It looks attractive and easier to maintain, with more of the pleasure and none of the guilt. Throughout the ages we have been forewarned about this vise. Will we ever heed the warning?
Probably not, because such is the nature of the beast.


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Tim Pickl01/31/08
Let us walk in the Spirit! Nice devotional.
Beckie Stewart02/01/08
It is true....it takes hard persistent work to receive the blessing of doing good and waiting for the harvest to come in HIS perfect timing.
c clemons02/03/08
This read like 2 or more topics so the piece is not as clear as if one topic would have been throughout. Overall good.
Gerald Shuler 02/05/08
Worthwhile devotional.