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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Potluck (Meal or Gathering) Deadline 7-26-12 @ 10 AM NY Time (07/19/12)

TITLE: Tools
By Patsy Hallum


Gale was in charge of making sure everything in the dining room matched for the bosses' birthday dinner. Every employee was to bring their favorite casserole and a dessert.

Gale was not a decorator by trade, but liked things nice. She was told to use the colors, yellow and maroon, in a southwestern theme. Boy, why not gold instead of yellow? Which shade of Maroon? Gale's head was full of questions. How am I going to tie this into a birthday theme? Small sombreros hung on the backs of the chairs? Maybe some maroon ribbon to put around them? Where do I start to get the colors? God, please guide my footsteps in making my choices.

From the moment we're born, life is a mixture of faces, places, events, thoughts, and plans.

As a child, frustration sets in because we're not in control of any of these things, except our thoughts. We just know that, more often than not, the adults in our life are wrong, but there is nothing we can do about it. No amount of temper tantrums or pleading nicely will change our world to a great degree.

Just about the time we think we have accepted this, someone asks our opinion about what we want to do; a decision that is all ours. One that other people will abide by. Wow, this feels great. Our self esteem goes up a notch.

We resolve to move to new places in our mind, places that we've never explored.
Can I do this? Can I take this widget and that wassit and build a new thing? We test our new found decision making against the tons of rules, regulations, trials, and errors until we find something that works for our life at that time.

As we grow, the things that this melting pot of life throws at us, changes daily. As we mature, we decide that we can't handle them by ourselves. That is when we ask Jesus to come into our life. When we really determine to live by His words, be His hands and feet on this earth, we really see that it has never been our decisions that are important. It's was God's determination to send His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins that was the greatest decision ever made. By giving us a direct link to His ears and an advocate to plead for us, God gave us the “tools” to bring other people to Him. Without them, we would'nt be in the world but not of the world.
Scriptures used: John 3:16, Romans 12:2 , Colossians 3:1& 2

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C D Swanson 07/26/12
Good message in this piece. I enjoyed it. Thanks. God bless~
Mildred Sheldon07/27/12
An interesting read. Thank you and God bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/12
This is a lovely devotion. I really needed to hear these words right this second and am amazed how God plans it all out knowing where I would be at and asking you to write just what you did. I enjoyed the different take on the topic. Most people think about food when they hear the word potluck but you took the other definition and ran with it. Nicely done.
Brenda Rice 07/31/12
Nicely done. Good devotional. Informative. Thanks for sharing.