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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)

TITLE: Rescue men not dogs?
By gayle jackson


I am stumped again Lord. You show me these writing things and then leave me out to dry. This weeks challenge, the family pet? And this is about You how? I am tired of writing about You and Your effect on my life and my familyís life when OK ok, I know Jonah.

Please donít remind me again and I know you will because I am stubborn. I will keep writing because it is not about me it is about You. You alone are my hearts desire. So the family pet, gee someone will write a fantasy, sci-fi or something without You mentioned, I read them, I Ö what are You saying Lord?

Two subjects came into my brain. One would of course be the fact that the cat is not mentioned in the bible, yet those lonely people they find dead in their homes are always surrounded by many, many cats. Why are they not surrounded by many, many Christians?

We have a dog we got from an animal rescue mission. Are there bible verses about dogs? Did You have a dog? Did You use a family pet in a parable?

Letís see, Isaiah 56:10Ö And his watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing, All of them are dumb dogs unable to bark.

Luke 16:19-31, specifically, verse 21Ö and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich manís table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.

Philippians 3:2Ö Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;

Revelation 22:15Ö Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

Who am I to say whether this is a new way to witness? Who am I to question anotherís faith? Who am I to say what Godís take is on pets?

So you meet some one at the dog park and you start a conversation.

Say do you know Jesus my best friend?

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Susan Storm Smith05/22/08
I feel your pain in this writing challenge ... but a fantasy pet isn't always a bad thing (smile)
Joshua Janoski05/23/08
The cool thing about the challenge is that we can vary our work from week to week. Some weeks we may feel led to write a piece that can be used as an effective witnessing tool. Other weeks, we may end up just being plain silly and writing something that, while it may not directly glorify God, will still touch someone or put a smile on their face in another way.

You made a good point that sometimes the topics given are difficult to use in a way that directly gives God the honor and glory. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and feelings. Who knows, maybe God will use the family pet as a witnessing tool in some way. :)
Joanne Sher 05/23/08
Much to ponder here - and I can certainly relate to your need to spread His message. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and the verses.
Lollie Hofer05/27/08
Do you know what makes a good writer better? When they can arise to the occasion and write something when they don't feel they have something to write about. You did just that. I agree - the pet challenge and the cousin challenge have been, well, a challenge. I've decided that I'm going to write something for each challenge (when time permits), not because I have something incredible to say but because it is good discipline. And I need to take your advice and maybe find out how Jesus does fit into the picture more. Thanks for sharing! :)