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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: The Individual's Perception of Satan's Games
By Marlene Austin


The air around Gina grew chill for only a moment. Her plan was born from sinful desire. The anticipation of doing something with such daring moral implications was stimulating. She felt a thrill at the thought of working out such an intricate plan that even her professional, college educated parents would not be able to discern her deception, this time. They would experience her intelligence through the intricacies woven from her living out a lie. With cool, calculated calmness she said good-bye to her parents as they wished their daughter and her date a good time at the movies.

David could not afford a car with the minimum-wage salary he made working at the Burger Barn, so his friends Steve and Melissa brought him to Gina’s house to pick her up. They laughed in a conspiratorial manor as they chatted and rode off to David’s apartment, promising Gina a wild evening of “new” experiences to file away in the memory banks of her life.

Gina was surprised at how easily she participated in drinking the alcohol and taking part in the sexual activities, but she had been preparing her mind to savor these exploits for some time now, assuring herself that she loved David and that, of course, David loved her – or at least he would after she proved her love to him this night.

Around 11:15 p.m. the phone rang. Gina’s mother answered quickly, knowing Gina had said she would be home by 11:30 p.m.


“Mom, can I talk to Dad? I need him to come get me.”

“What do you mean, Gina? Are you all right? Where are you?” The questions of concern poured from her mother’s heart.

“I’m fine. I’m at David’s apartment. We had car trouble. David called some friends to come get us. They brought us to David’s apartment, but it’s too far for them to bring me home. Let me talk to dad so I can give him the directions.”

The disturbance in the atmosphere was palpable to the Guardian Angels who shared the role of watching over this family.

Is she going to tell them the truth?

No, but they will find out that she lied to them, just not right away. After all, she accepted Satan’s “dare”, so she will have to pay. Her mom will take her to the doctor for “an irritation” in about a week. The doctor will tell them that Gina has a sexually transmitted bacterial infection. This time antibiotics will take care of it. Her parents will, once again, try to discuss the importance of sexual purity with her. She will listen and give all the “appropriate” responses, but her heart is being hardened through accepting Satan’s dares as “challenges”. She will fall victim to his “game” until she recognizes that this is not a game; this is the road to DEATH.

Surely God will help her.

Indeed, God has helped her. He has given her Believing parents who have been instructing her in the Way since physical birth. He has given her other family members who continually lift her soul to His Presence, also. He has given her His Word, with multiple opportunities to learn and understand. He is giving her a gentle physical warning this time.

Yet, it always comes down to the individual’s perception of Satan’s games, doesn’t it?


The parents? Will they temper the storm?

Ah-h-h, their hearts are ones which will be refined by fire.

Amen, and Amen.

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Helen Murray09/05/08
These stories are not so pleasant to read, but they need also to be told. I like the way the information was presented, in full, without graphics, and the way the truth came out, as it always will.
Beckie Stewart09/05/08
Great approach to this difficult topic.
Sunny Loomis 09/05/08
Good take on a difficult subject. We need to surround ourselves with people of like mind, if we're Christians. Very nicely done.
Noreen Ophoff09/07/08
Good concept on topic. Interesting to read different ideas on same subject.
Lyn Churchyard09/08/08
What a creative take on the topic -especially having the angels discussing the situation.

Gina's thought processes in planning and believing she will get away with her deception was skillfully portrayed. Well done!
Catrina Bradley 09/08/08
Ooh, how perfect for the topic. I love "satan's dares". The conversation between the angels was great and I like how "they" pointed out that it's the parents' hearts that will be refined.
Lauryn Abbott09/08/08
Great example here of real problems experienced all the time by the youth (and their parents). Yes, we all have to deal with the meddling of satan, but I think it is particularly the youth who suffer at his deception. By stealing away their innocence, he is able to more easily steal away their souls. Very powerful. Thank you for sharing this.
Shirley McClay 09/08/08
Very creative way to deal with both the topic and the subject. Great job.
Jan Ackerson 09/08/08
Extremely creative, and well-written. Very moving.
Lynda Schultz 09/08/08
Amazing how we can think that we can beat Satan at a game that he has had so much more practice at than we have. Tough experience to have to put down on paper. Blessings on you.
Leah Nichols 09/09/08
I thought this was very well done. I would have liked to see more of the story from the mom's perspective or even Gina's - it felt a little distant. You said it was difficult to write, though, so I understand the reason. Thank you for sharing, and I pray that God will comfort you and bring you peace!
Pamela Kliewer09/09/08
I can see why this was difficult to write, but you did a good job. The refining of the parents... something to really think about. Thank you.
Joy Faire Stewart09/09/08
This is a very difficult subject, but one that needs to be told. Hope you will share this beyond FW's. Maybe it will open some eyes.