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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: It's Too Late
By Lauryn Abbott


ďItís too late. I always thought Iíd have more time. I didnít realize how precious it was, till now. Itís so easy to spend, fill and waste, but itís limited. I never realized thatĒ, Abigail said to her sister Alanna on the phone. She was completely stunned as she sat there looking out the window of her tiny apartment. There was so much yet that she wanted to do. To do, not accomplish or excel at, but do. ďI want to get married, have a family, travel, learn to dance and go skydiving, I want toÖ Thereís just so much!Ē she cried into the phone, tears falling down her face.

Alanna was equally stunned. ďAre you sure? I mean doctors can make mistakes, have you gotten a second opinion?Ē She was trying to control the fear and trembling she felt.

ďYes, a second and a third. They all say the same thing Ė six months at best. Of course we can pray, but Iíve been doing that all along and I still got the same prognosis. I just want more time! Iíve been working so hard to get where I am. I wanted to be the youngest woman to make partner. Iíve given up so much to achieve that. Oh sure, the money is great, but I just never realized the cost. I havenít dated, traveled, bought a home, or anything else I wanted to do. I donít even own a cat, for pityís sake! I just thought Iíd have more time!Ē

ďAbigail, I donít know what to say! How can this be happening? How can I lose my sister?Ē Alanna was openly crying now, overwhelmed by the sorrow she felt. I have to get control of myself and be strong for Abby, she thought. ďWhat can I do for you? I mean of course Iíll pray, but is there anything else I can do to help? I love you and Iíll do anything for you,Ē she said, taking a big breath.

ďI donít know. Iím leaving the firm immediately. Moneyís not an object, thatís the one thing I have plenty of. I guess now itís just a matter of time. Time, thereís that word again! Iím through waiting! Doesnít the Bible say something about Ďredeem the timeí? Well, Iím not going to just lie down and feel sorry for myself and wait for the end. I may not have long to live, but I will LIVE the time that I have! I know Iím ready to meet my Savior, but Iím not ready to leave this life, to leave you and mom and dad. Oh, I canít bear telling them!Ē

ďWhen are you going to tell them?Ē asked Alanna, still trying to control her tears. ďI wish I were closer so I could be with you. I wish I could spend more time with you.Ē

ďI need to tell them right away. This is going to hurt them so badly. Theyíre going to need to lean on you. Help them to see that God has a plan. And Alanna, I need you. Iím going to start living before I die. Will you join me? I have plenty of money to pay for both of us, but I want to do things and go places. Iím sure Steven wonít mind. Can we go away for a while? Just the two of us?Ē

ďOh Abby, I wish I could. Itís not Steven, of course he wouldnít mind. Itís just I canít leave the ministry. This place would really fall apart without me. I can only get away for a week or so. But you can come here and visit me and we can spend time together when Iím not working. Besides you should rest now. Keep your strength up, so that youíll have more time with us. Please understand.Ē

ďOf course. I have to call Mom and Dad.Ē Abigail responded, hanging up. She realized Alannaís work in the ministry was just like her work at the firm Ė all-consuming. She never took time away from it to actually enjoy the life God had given her. Sadly, Abigail prayed, Oh Lord, help her to see that there is so much more to life than just work, even if that work is for You. Help her to realize that her time here is limited and You came to give us life more abundantly, not just work. Open her eyes Lord, so she doesnít make the same mistake I did.

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Jan Ackerson 03/13/08
Ouch, I wasn't expecting that ending. Big ouch. Well done.
Joanne Sher 03/15/08
Very strong message - and convicting to all of us, I think. Good job.
Jason Swiney03/16/08
Good little twist at the end. You may want to break up some of the longer paragraphs of dialogue, I think that would help your reader. But good point in your story, we all can get too caught up in our work no matter what the job. Thanks for sharing.
Lyn Churchyard03/17/08
WOW Tracy, you hit with a hammer's force with that ending. Well done, very well done. Right on topic!
Catrina Bradley 03/17/08
Very nicely done! Great illustration of the topic - with BOTH characters, too! Well written, and the lesson is very convicting.
jodie banner03/19/08
I loved your description of time and how easy it is to spend,fill, and waste, so true. On topic,but no happy ending, sigh!
Chely Roach03/19/08
Well done and right on topic...good job.
Debbie Wistrom03/19/08
Absolutely loved the ending-the dying praying for the living to live!! Keep up the good words.
Sara Harricharan 03/19/08
So sad! I really felt for both sisters, especially the prayer at the end, that was truly heartfelt, I really did feel sad. It gave me goosebumps reading about everything she had all put together and then to have a crushing blow of six months left to live? Wow. That is something completely new-in this perspective. Great job! ^_^