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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hard and Soft (04/23/09)

TITLE: Caring Around Us
By Janeil Harricharan


I wonder a lot about things sometimes. As I sit and listen to nothing but my computer hum, I think why certain things are the way they are. The most prominent thing I remember seeing today was an online person I knew proclaiming that they were doing a certain atheistic activity that made me start having second thoughts about how to deal with that person.

That same subject was still on my mind as I drove off to class, and starting wondering about the people I called friends. One was Catholic. The rest didnít believe in God. People I knew long distance and wrote every several months didnít believe in God either, and one was Adventist.

I couldnít understand why I couldnít find good Christians friends. I didnít go to church, but I didnít go do stuff other people did, either. I just stayed at home when I wasnít at school doing homework, drawing, writing, or sleeping. I prayed to God a lot, but never could seem to get an answer.
I couldnít understand why I saw so many people getting into things I know is wrong, and they have significant others, friends, and everything else. I wonder they their social life is so soft and easygoing, while Iím stuck in a room with four walls almost every day, not getting a call on my cell phone for weeks on end.

Why do people ignore people of other religions? Why did God not give me a Christian friend? All these questions raise hard dilemmas in my head as how to treat the people around me. I canít blame them for not wanting to be Christians if people just threw them aside because theyíre different. But at the same time, youíre at odds with them because of what you believe and your outlook on life.

I so bad wanted to love someone. To hold their hand. To hug them. To share something with them; things Iíve never been able to do. Iím too different from anyone around here. Nobody will ever understand what I want to offer or give.

I at least thank God for the few people that he has put me into contact with, though they live hundreds of miles away and I only see them a few times a year. And I do know Jesus loved the people that he ran across, and will do that to people I have. I know that Iíll dislike people, get annoyed with them, or the like, but I always remember me sitting in my room every day, and will at least try to treat someone who I want them to treat me. Maybe one day itíll come back and Iíll have someone that I wantÖ

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Jeanne E Webster 05/04/09
You've written some good thoughts here regarding loneliness. Wondering about things is an excellent method of discovering our needs and how to achieve our goals.

Perhaps you could suggest additional ways to make friends, such as joining a church or youth group. There are many ways to mingle with others. The old adage is correct: To make friends, you have to be one.
Mary Lou Cook05/04/09
What a good story on loneliness. It would be a great piece for a discussion group among teenagers.
Jae Blakney05/04/09
You make a very important point that I think Christians really need to hear. We have the shameful habit of avoiding non-Christians (especially if they belong to other religions) until we are ready to 'attack' them with the gospel. They're not stupid: they can tell if our friendship is real or if we're just trying to chalk up one more conversion.
Shelley Ledfors 05/06/09
You've written some very good thoughts here and given the reader a lot to think about. Thanks for sharing this.
Beckie Stewart05/06/09
Good soul searching here. It's hard, but I think it's good when we can see what we are or aren't contributing to our loneliness, friendships, etc.