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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)

TITLE: The Fortune Seekers
By Tracey Brown


Any person, no matter the level of computer skills, must eventually deal with an unwelcome visitor, spam. Whether annoying pop-up windows, email alerts, or message postings, the trap remains unchanged since the devil tempted Eve using the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, only now evolved into more high-tech packaging. Underneath its fancy wrappings and promises of success, fame and fortune lies lust, a deadly force. Unlike the apple, temptation looms as instant gratification comes with a swift click of a mouse in the seemingly private areas of oneís own home. Its strong desires lead many astray while unknowingly paying a heavy cost, from an unwanted computer virus to a potential loss of a marital relationship.

The Bible is our ultimate source of wisdom, a strong tool against any of Satanís fiery darts. Godís way does not promise instant riches or fame. Instead, the humble servant receives the chosen reward. Jesus revealed that the ďfirst will be last and the last will be first,Ē a revolutionary statement then as now. (Matthew 20:16 NIV)

Considering others above ourselves may fly in the face of conventional wisdom of selfish ambition, yet yields a much greater return. Rather than pursuing happiness we can gain joy. Rather than pleasing self we can gain contentment. Rather than being ruled by ever changing fleshly desires and emotions, we can gain strength as we trust our Master to lead us not into temptation.

We can avoid the trap of lust and other worldly desires through following the advice given in Godís Holy word. The Bible says not to dwell on earthly treasures: money, power, fame or fortune, but to trust God to provide for daily needs. Instead, we should stay focused on heavenly treasures: love, peace, joy and contentment. The treasures of this world will one day disappear. The treasures of heaven will last forever.

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C D Swanson 11/17/11
I loved this entry! I thought it was clever how you inserted "spam" as an unwanted visitor.

"The Bible is our ultimate source of wisdom, a strong tool against any of Satanís fiery darts" This is so true and such a good message to bring forth in your entry.

Nicely done!

God Bless~
Helen Curtis11/18/11
Concise and yet so packed full of wisdom! A very well written piece. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/19/11
You did a nice job covering the topic while delivering a powerful message.
Wilma Schlegel 11/21/11
You really nailed it. I loved the whole piece but especially the paragraph where you mention 'pursuing happiness or gaining joy'.
You've written a timeless message. Thanks
Glynis Becker11/26/11
I agree that this devotional is nicely done. It is well-written, speaks truth and covers the topic as well. Great job.
Lillian Rhoades 11/28/11
How well did your piece fit the topic?...You mentioned Spam at the beginning, but it was not your main theme.

How well crafted?...few rough edges in grammar and sentence structure.
Did it start well?... Yes, I loved the opening sentence!

A clear message or POV?...The point that Spam is a trap to be avoided, and how to do it, was clear.

Satisfying conclusion?...Yes. Perhaps more of a connection between the opening sentence would have made the conclusion more relative to the topic.

Overall, a inspiring devotional.
Lillian Rhoades 11/28/11
Oops! "an" inspiring devotional.