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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: Caramel Covered Martial Issues
By Tim Manzer


Craig and Kori were in a discussion or was it an argument? Do young Christian couples really get into marital debate sessions? YES! As George Carlin joked, “The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.”

This sweetheart spat began in the parking lot of Traverse City grocery store. They had stopped at their local Tom’s Market on a one cool winter evening. Since they had a baby girl they decided to leave one parent in the warm car watching their tiny beauty sleep while the other shopped for a few items. Craig was destined to stay in the car because the possibility that he could find a few items in the market in a short time span was highly unlikely. Like most men Craig is domestically inferior to his gentle wife.

He did have a request, “Please get some ice cream!” His fair spouse asked, “What kind?” To which he demanded, “Any kind but caramel ice cream.” Then he watched her disappear into the grocery store. In a short time she reappeared with a few bags of provisions.

As they traveled home Craig asked Kori about the type of ice cream. She replied, “Butter Pecan Caramel ice cream!” A wave of angry thoughts, frustrated feelings and self-pity filled Craig with enough personal marital dissatisfaction that he began to voice his caramel covered complaint. Despite the fact that Kori, his sweet wife, is far more patient, kind and gentle then the young brute she married, she allowed herself to join the caramel deliberation.

Marital satisfaction was melting as fast as an ice cream cone on a hundred degree day. The verbal repartee expanded like whipped cream pressurized out of a ReddiWip can. The negative natter turned in a high speed marriage verbal tennis match in a grocery hauler mini-van. Red-faced and pouting like a boy kicked out of his own birthday party, Craig entered his dwelling of domestic bliss. As he entered the phone answering machine blinked out its notice of a message. The message was from his mother, in a tone of voice that Craig recognized as really bad news.

He quickly dialed home and began to speak to his tearful parents. They were telling him that a dear friend had just died in a snowmobile accident. After hearing this tragic news all caramel ice cream frustrations disappeared. In tears he held his Kori and wept over the lost of a dear friend.

Almost all arguments and frustrations are over things like buying caramel favored ice cream. People get frustrated over the little things and lose the beauty of life because of a tiny inconvenience, insignificant frustration or a miniature discomfort. Like Craig’s, may all our caramel issues melt away and may we live life unmoved by any difficult circumstances. May we see all our problems as the minuscule issues that they really are and may we let all our “big deals” in life be the people we love, our faith, our blessings and our life mission.

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LauraLee Shaw02/14/08
A great many people will be ministered to through this piece. YOu might read over several times for spelling or find a good spelling buddy to look over it. "Marital" instead of "Martial" and a few more little ones. All easily correctable.

Well done and perfectly on topic. :)
Edy T Johnson 02/15/08
I thought that "Martial" in your title was on purpose, since the sweethearts were fighting over the ice cream flavor. (^&^)
You write well. This would work as an interesting devotional, given your application paragraph summary.
c clemons02/17/08
Not exactly on topic, not getting what you want is not the same thing as "spilt milk". It is a lesson on not using energy on the less important things that cause us grief. Keep practicing, keep writing.