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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: Seven Steps
By Jackie Smithwick


I lay in the top bunk bed, afraid to close my eyes. Thoughts like “I may not wake up, and if not where would I go?” swirled through my head. So I began my search to find the answer to this unsettling question.

Step 1.
It started with fear - “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” Job 28:28 (KJV)

Step 2.
The second part of my search was to listen friends, family, Sunday School teachers and even at the age of 12, even gleaned a sentence now an then, from the Pastor.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (KJV)

Step 3.
I began looking around at the lives of others. Some had turned to God and found sweet release. Some had drowned their fears with alcohol and fast living. Even the adolescent me could see the difference and wanted the one with the most desirable end.

Step 4.
Years passed as I tried desperately to forget my fear and abandon my search, until complete adulthood brought back those adolescent fears and took up the search again and turned to the Book. The Holy Bible from whence all the promises of an afterlife were proclaimed.

Step 5.
This was when I really learned about the person of Jesus Christ.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (KJV)
Yes I learned it, but still I could not grasp the meaning of one’s sacrifice for another. Nor could I apply it to my life.

Step 6.
The next method of searching was through prayer. I prayed, “God please let me know I am yours.” Again through His Word He revealed I was not one of His.
“He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.”
I John 2:9 (KJV)

Step 7.
Finally the answer came when I was willing to surrender my search and admit there was nothing I could do to gain this gift.

The results came in a bold type across the monitor of my mind, when I stepped from death to life and He said in my heart, “It is all ok, there is nothing you can do, I did it all for you.”

The greatest search engine of all time - “The Holy Spirit” led me to my salvation experience. He will lead you too. Begin with clicking in your heart this question:
“Where will I go if I were to die today?”

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annie keys10/20/11
This entry isn't what I expected; interesting bent. I liked it. I especially liked the way you used the story, itself, as a salvation message. Good job!~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/11
I really enjoyed your steps and the Bible references. I believe someone could easily use this to find salvation themselves Below is my take on the rating criteria on a scale from 0-5

Topic 2.0 Though you talked about search and actually used the phrase search engine it was supposed to be about the computer. Check the message boards for clarification of the topic if you're not sure. Also try to challenge yourself by showing the reader what the topic is without using the actual words "search engine"

Creativity 3.7 I really liked how you laid it out in clear simple terms.

Crafted: 3.3 This was well-written.

Start: 3.3 You drew me in wondering why the MC couldn't sleep. I wanted to keep reading.

End: 3.5 I liked how you wrapped everything up.

Flow: 4 I really thought each step flowed nicely.

Communication: 3.5 This was a great testimony of your journey with Christ.

Publishable 3.5 I think this would be great for people who also are searching.
C D Swanson 10/21/11
This was a beautifully written entry. I loved the message and the way you did soul searching. And at the end- the "whole meaning in life"- His presence/Spirit.

I hope the judges give credit for "imagination" and not just the rote meaning of "Search engine"

Well crafted and I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you and keep on writing - God Bless you~
Jan Ackerson 10/22/11
This entry's strength is criterion #6 (communication, clarity). You laid it out so that the message rings very clearly.

You might want to work on #3 (craft). This would be more readable in a narrative style, or if you helped us to get to know YOU better.

Another strength is #1 (topic). You used the topic as a metaphor, and it worked for me.
Linda Goergen10/23/11
What an interesting and enjoyable read. Love the way you laid out your search step by step. This would be a wonderful testimonial story put in a pamphlet to pass out to the lost. Great job!
Mildred Sheldon10/31/11
I truly enjoyed your seven steps. This was well written, but like my entry didn't deal with computer search engines.