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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

TITLE: Melinda's Find


Melinda had been using her computer for over ten years and she was accomplishing a great deal with her freelance writing and her research for her new book, “Creative and Effective Ways for Better Mental Health.”

However, it wasn’t until she met Matthew Matlock that she was inspired to check out some social media websites. For a long time some of her friends had urged her to try “Twitter” and “Facebook” but she thought it would take up too much of her time.

Well, today was the day for changes and upon Matthew’s insistence, she clicked on a website called, “Make a New Start.” Matthew said that it was a great site and that she should try it out. It was on a Wednesday morning when she clicked on the site and it wasn’t long before she realized that “Make a New Start” was just what she was looking for.

As she scanned the website from top to bottom, she liked the color scheme of the website. The top portion of the site was light blue and the bottom of the site was tan. In the light blue area she found many things to click on such as: How to Make a New Start. She traveled further down the webpage and saw another section titled, “Is it Time for You to Connect with Christ?” The question seemed out of place on the site and from what she could tell, it didn’t look like many were interested in the question.

That title intrigued her but it also offended her. She wasn’t sure why she felt “put upon” but hours later after she left the website, those words nagged at her soul. Then, she began thinking of her life. Her experiences with her mom, dad, sisters and brothers were often negative, brief and filled with regret and humiliation. As the oldest she was required to help the others and often they took advantage of her good nature. In her 40s, she often thought of “what might have been” with her family. But, that was then and she had to focus on today.

The following day she went back to “Is it Time for you to Connect with Christ?” She once again clicked on the link and was taken to another page where she was given information on “how to connect with Christ.” She had learned in Sunday school, from her Bible and her husband that connecting with Christ was a choice; a choice everyone had to make or not. She recalled so many times when she could have connected with Christ but was just too busy. Either she was going to college and busy learning, helping a friend out or doing what she could to help her husband with mounting bills and ill health—there always seemed to be no time for Jesus.

“Well, I’m taking time today, Jesus!” As she read the site’s words about connect with Christ, she began to form a document—a document for Christ. It began, “Dear Jesus, Forgive me for waiting so long to talk with you. If it’s not too late, I want you to be the focus of my life. I want you to be my best Friend and I want to live the rest of my life in peace, with you and to do your will.” She signed it, “Late but eager in my desire to serve you! Melinda, your humble servant.”

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Hiram Claudio12/15/11
Such a nice simple story with a very touching message. I like the way the MC character communicates, all through technology (clicks and making a document) but converses with the Lord all the way. Left a warm feeling and a smile. Thanks!
C D Swanson 12/15/11
Nicely done. I loved how Jesus got her attention while on the computer. The Lord will touch our souls when we least expect it.

I enjoyed this warm and inviting entry. Good job.
God Bless~
Martha Black12/15/11
This was a good, clear picture of life. How many people who need Jesus so deeply spend their time doing everything else. Melinda finally found the time and took advantage of it to form a bond with Jesus that hopefully will be eternal. How many people like her never get around to seeking out that which they need most in the world? Good job!
Deborah Rampona Oliver 12/15/11
I liked the fact that she felt 'put upon' and somewhat offended by the title. In fact, I even recognize this knee jerk reaction in my own soul. I also like that when the MC made her decision, she went all in!
Nancy Bucca12/16/11
This is great, the conflict within and how Melinda made her choice were very believable. I love happy endings, and this definitely ended on a positive note.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/21/11
I really enjoyed this creative take on the topic. It is sweet and has a wonderful message