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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

TITLE: Riches Untold
By Mildred Sheldon
05/01/12


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Megan was born into utter poverty. She never knew what it was like to have more then two changes of clothing, but she was joyful and very happy. She had learned early on to be content with whatever situation she found herself in, because she had learned to trust in the Lord. She ran and played with the other children, and as she grew she brought joy and happiness to all.

After attending community college Megan was blessed by finding a good paying job at Jamesonís large department store in the city. She was very punctual, and conducted herself in such a manner that the owner took notice of her. She had all the qualities and virtues he had tried so long to impress upon his daughter.

Mr. Jameson introduced his daughter, Julie, to Megan in hopes that they would become friends. He wanted more than anything for Julie to learn, and become more like this quiet, gentle young woman.

It wasnít long before a bond of friendship developed between them. They were polar opposites. Megan belonged to the have notís of the world, and Julie had been afforded every known desire of her heart.

Julieís attitude was so forceful and Meganís was quiet, gentle, and loving. They were inseparable. Julie showered Megan with expensive clothing, jewelry and introduced her to a life she had never known. They dined at the most exquisite restaurants, and Megan ate the delicacies of the wealthy.

Julie had never known anyone like Megan. She introduced Megan to all her friends, and they were so taken with her. Time passed and it came time for Meganís vacation. She invited Julie to meet her parents, and spend her vacation with them.

When Meganís car pulled into the driveway her parents were waiting. They hugged Megan, and welcomed Julie in a manner she was not use to. They made her feel at home, and welcomed her with open arms.

It was MeganĎs turn to introduce Julie to all her friends. Sunday morning they attended church, and Julie started to understand why so many people loved Megan. She did not judge people, and she treated them with genuine love and respect.

After supper Megan took Julie to her favorite spot in a glade surrounded by huge fur trees, wild flowers and the sounds of nature. Megan sat at a large wooden table opposite Julie. She opened her Bible, and started reading from the book of Proverbs. Julie sat there quietly listening to her read, and before long Julie found a peace she had never known before. For the next two weeks after supper they went to the glade. Julie loved spending time reading, studying and learning about the Lord.

Time passed quickly and their vacation was nearly over. Although Meganís parents were not wealthy as the world considers wealth they had untold riches, and Julie wanted that. Julie had grown in knowledge and wisdom of the Lord.

After returning to the city they parted ways, and Megan returned to work bright and early Monday morning. She found Julie sitting at her desk wearing a flowing dress that wasnít so short it left nothing to the imagination, but a dress that was down to her knees. Julie had changed since spending two weeks with Megan and her family. Her appearance as well as the way she acted had changed.

Julie was reading from the Bible when her father walked into the office. He stood and listened as Julie read Philippians 4:9. ďKeep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.Ē

Mr. Jameson walked over, and welcomed them with a smile that rivaled the sun. He had a bounce in his step, and a joy Julie had not seen in such a long time. Julie finally understood why her father had introduced her to Megan. She had the qualities that her father had tried so hard to instill in her, but she refused to listen. It took a quiet, gentle, loving woman like Megan to teach her the true values of life and freely give, not as the world gives, but as the Lord gives equally to all who believe in Him and His riches untold.

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CD (Camille) Swanson 05/04/12
I loved this story of friendship, love and faith in our Lord. The two MC's were placed together for a reason, God has plans for all interactions in life, and this was no different.

Good job and excellent writing. Thank you.

GOD Bless~
Joanne Sher 05/08/12
Just lovely. I enjoyed the influence Megan had on Julie.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/08/12
This is a great story. I loved how the MC didn't judge her new friend or force her way upon her. Instead she showed her love by her actions. Sometimes my husband tells the kids do what I say and not what I do. Oh it irritates me because as humans, especially kids, we are much more prone to mimic actions. You showed that lesson nicely here.
Donna Wilcher 05/10/12
Wow! I almost missed this, so very glad I didn't! I loved this!

What a powerful message, on so many levels; the father's wisdom in introducing the two women, Megan's strength of character, and the power in living a truly chaste life is a reminder that our own lifestyles should influence those around us.

Great work!