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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: Do you see what I see?
By Shelley Arnett


Does the view from your window look the same as mine? Donít misunderstand me- I love my hometown. But as I do the same work every day, see the same views, and see the same people- I just know. I know that I was meant for more than this. The view from here is great, but it is small. I must see and do so much more.

Does your view of the sky look the same as mine? I look at the heavenís vast display in awe. Even though the view from my window is small, when I look at the stars it reminds me of how big the world truly is. How can one person- how can I- make a difference? Yet somehow I know that I must. Thatís why I was born.

Do others see you the way they see me? Someone who they describe as hard working, kind, and respectful. But someone who is simply destined to follow in his fatherís footsteps.

Does your view of God look like mine? For you see- He is my Father. And as much as I love my dad- it is His footsteps I must follow. When I look out my window I see a world He created that is full of people He loves. When I look at the sky I see the maker of the stars who indeed has the power to change the world through me.

Does your view of the calendar look the same as mine? For my God may be big- but my time is small. I have such a short time here to make an impact for eternity.

So it is now I must put down my tools and leave the carpenterís shop. I must start this journey away from my mother and hometown and head for my Father and my home. Those who have seen me only as Josephís son must know that I am Jehovahís son. Calvary will come quickly. Today- the Son must shine.

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Fiona Dorothy Stevenson03/13/08
An interesting concept. Perhaps a little close to mentioning the topic, perhaps simply an unusual treatment of the Subject. Keep writing. God bless you.
Jan Ackerson 03/13/08
Great POV, and super use of repetition in the questions that start each paragraph.

Watch your use of dashes--they should be made of two hyphens, with no space before or after--just like this.

I wasn't expecting the ending, and enjoyed the growing realization.
Joanne Sher 03/14/08
I love the parallel structure of this, and the voice. This was a very, VERY enjoyable and convicting read. Nice job!
Marilyn Schnepp 03/16/08
I had to read this twice in order to get the full impact of Who the writer was talking about. After the second read I marvel at the creativity of this piece. Masterful and meaningful! Great take on our topic this week. Lovely thoughts! Very impressive and creative! - and loved the briefness; short and to the point! Well done!
Jason Swiney03/16/08
You accomplished much with relatively few words. Very creative idea and take on the topic. I am so glad He put down His tools!

Thanks for sharing this piece.