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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: Pride Goes Before a Fall
By Mildred Sheldon


I love the adages of old. My mother used to quote them to me repeatedly. Some of them I understood and others at the time went over my head. I was not mature enough to understand the old adages at the time. She would always tell me that hindsight is 20/20 and I would get so upset with her but now I fully understand that lesson. As you grow and mature, you can look back over your life and see mistakes you made and learn from them. That to me is what 20/20 means. We learn from the past and are better able to handle the future. Another goody was, “It’s no use crying over spilt milk.” I used to say “Ah mom just come out and tell me what you are trying to teach me and please don’t use those silly sayings.” Another of her favorites was pride goes before a fall and young lady don’t stick your nose in the air because that is the truth. I would just shake my head walk away aggravated by the long drawn out lesson she was trying to teach me. It is funny how our outlooks change as we age.

I love my bible because unbelievably it holds lessons that teach us about life. Those lessons deal with just about every situation life throws at you. Jesus used parables to teach everybody. Some of those parables went over the heads of those such as the Sadducees, Pharisees and the like because they were deluded by their own agendas. They thought Jesus was just another prophet and did not hear what He was saying. Jesus explained those parables to His disciples. I love Matthew 13:10-15. Seeing they do not see and hearing they do not hear or understand. Those words is the beginning of the verses in Matthew

The Book of Psalms and Proverbs hold a wealth of information for us to live by. When I need understanding, I take my bible and start reading. Psalms 10:1-4 is awesome. “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in time of trouble? In his arrogance, the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God” One of my favorite proverbs is 16:23. “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.” Psalms and Proverbs hold many truths and instructions about handling various situations. Causing harm to others and ourselves just for the heck of it does not solve problems. It doesn’t help any situation if we burn our bridges as we cross over them. Sometimes we need to retrace our steps to solve situations as they arise. If we lived according to Gods instruction book this old world would be a far better place to live and a lot more people would be happy, thankful and filled with so much praise that Satan would put on his running shoes so he could get away from us. The old adages hold truths that are in Gods instruction manual. What instruction manual you ask well it is none other than The Holy Bible.

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Jan Ackerson 02/22/08
I love the old adages, too!

FYI--always capitalize the word "Bible."

Marilyn Schnepp 02/23/08
Many good thoughts and sayings, but a couple of helpful hints: 1) Separate the long paragraphs into smaller ones, making the story more reader friendly. 2) Needs a bit of editing on punctuation, etc. but practice makes perfect...so don't give up the ship! Keep writing - don't ever throw in the towel or you will be Biting off your nose to spite your face! Sound familiar? (*.*)! Nice job.
Joanne Sher 02/23/08
Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I can tell you are very passionate about this. Watch your punctuation, and keep writing. Enjoyed this.
c clemons02/25/08
Good sentiment here. You started in the first paragraph with quotes around the phrases and left this practice in the rest of your article. You were on the right track with the quotes, they were also needed with the quotes from the Bible also. Keep writing and God Bless.