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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Donít Look Back (04/19/12)

TITLE: Press On
By Mildred Sheldon


What was is no more, and what is to be has not yet been made known. I cannot right all the wrongs Iíve done or correct the harm Iíve done to others as well as to myself. I cannot go back and change the past. Whatís done is done.

The hurts, guilt, pain and shame is in the past. I must press on, but I am not alone. I have a friend who is closer than a brother, and I look to him for direction, guidance, peace and comfort.

I have learned that dwelling in the past causes so many problems. Anxiety, depression, sleep depravation, ill tempers and many more ailments that bring such needless pain. I wallowed in my own pit of despair until I turned back to Jesus in my 30ís.

I remember sitting at my kitchen table late one evening reading my Bible and crying. Tears ran down my cheeks in rivers. I had reached the last and final rung of the proverbial ladder. I was hanging by a thread when that still small voice resonated in my soul. I grabbed that life line and hung on. Slowly I was pulled out of the muck and mire of a life so dysfunctional, and gently placed once again on the solid rock.

At times I may still think of the past, but all thanks to God I no longer dwell there, and beat myself up for all the wrongs Iíve committed. Iím still a work in progress and will press on towards the goal.

The only advice I can give a fellow sojourner is, donít look back. All sins, those committed and those yet to be, have been nailed to the cross. I now press on with hope in my heart, and look to Jesus, Godís only begotten Son.

When I stand before Jesus, and see Him face to face, then I will be like Him. I will be home. Home at last with my Lord, and Savior never again to look back at what was.

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C D Swanson 04/28/12
This was a beautiful testimony to what "life" is all about, and what ultimately matters...Jesus Christ.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/30/12
This is perfect advice. Oh how often we long to live in the past or somehow hit the rewind button, turning back life before the crash and burn part.

I did notice you used the word I a lot. In fact, if you go back and count the number of times it was used, I think you'll be surprised. Though it's not always easy, when this happens it provides a great opportunity to try structuring your sentences in a different way. For example - take this sentence: I must press on, but I am not alone. I have a friend who is closer than a brother, and I look to him for direction, guidance, peace and comfort.
Just by rewording it a bit like this will cut down on the number of "I's".
Pressing on, the realization that I'm not alone, that my friend, who is closer than a brother, gives me a sense of peace, direction, guidance, and comfort.

I hope that helps show you what I'm trying to say. I used to do the same thing until a FW pointed it out to me. It made a huge difference in my writing.

You made some outstanding points in this short piece. The encouraging words will touch more hearts then you can imagine.