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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Groceries - deadline 8-23-12 10 am NY time (08/16/12)

TITLE: More Than Just Bread
By Andrew Charles


I just love to go grocery shopping. There is one rule, however, that you don't shop for groceries when you're hungry. I really like to go down a wide aisle where all the bread is placed. I especially love the garlic bread. Then there is also that nice soft country white bread.

You know what Jesus said. He said "Man shall not live by bread alone." Well, then I need to continue shopping. We need more groceries than just bread. I'm good at remembering those bible verses.

Next there is a wide isle where the Italian food is placed. There all that good white pasta. The wheat pasta is very dry and I can't take that. Then there's all that good spaghetti sauce. Don't get the ones without any fat because that means there is no oil in it. I'm sure the government make sure it's olive oil in the sauce.

Now, comes one of my favorite isles. It's also nice and wide. It's the isle that has the Mexican and the Chinese food. I know the Oriental foods contain a lot of salt. They taste good. I also know that the Mexican food is meant to eat and not worry about health. Of course I got that 73% hamburger.

I'll go down the vegetable and fruit isle. I can tell you I do eat corn. It might not real healthy but it is a vegetable. I do like those strawberries. That's my favorite fruit. I always put them in a shortcake shell. Then I add Haagan Dazs vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and not that no fat whipped cream.

Now I guess it's time to go home. As I was pulling cash out of my wallet I saw a little note. It was the verse about the bread. Oh my, there's another part after that one I like about the bread. Jesus then said, "Worship the Lord your God and serve him only."

Then I noticed a very narrow aisle. There weren't very many people in that aisle. It's strange but this aisle had things totally for free. There was forgiveness and repentance. Now another verse came to me. Jesus said, that the aisle that leads to destruction and many inherit but the aisle that is narrow leads to life and only a few find it. Then I saw charity and love. Then I decided I'm going to redo my grocery shopping.

I went down the bread aisle and got healthy whole grain bread. I got no fat refried beans. I got broccoli and some asparagus. I got 85% hamburger. I got some vanilla ice cream with no sugar added. There was also no fat whipped cream. I noticed that the Paul Newman spaghetti sauce had 0 grams of fat. I also noticed they had multi grain spaghetti which I also like. The first time through the grocery store was easy. When I went back through it wasn't quite as easy but, it was manageable.

After checking out I put money into a Salvation Army kettle. I had never done that before. As a matter of fact I wasn't very charitable at all. That week I doubled the amount I gave to church. Also, I realized what I thought was a sin conflicted to what Jesus said. I repented for all my sins according to God's rules and asked forgiveness.

You know that narrow aisle wasn't too bad after all. Unfortunately it wasn't very crowded. I feel a lot better. I feel closer to God.

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C D Swanson 08/24/12
Loved this clever rendition and analogy of Jesus' words bringing it to modern day formation. So fresh and well crafted. Nicely done!

God bless~
Nancy Bucca08/24/12
Nice take on bread and on all the different things found in various aisles of the store. Makes me hungry.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/26/12
You have a subtle sense of humor that I absolutely adored. I could totally relate to your MC.

I noticed sometimes you were in an aisle and other times an isle (You haven't been the only one to make that typo and I knew you weren't really on an island though it's an interesting thought...) I did cringe a bit at the overuse of got but as I thought about it, the word seemed to really fit your MC.

You did a nice job of trying to approach the topic in a different way while delivering a super important message.
Mildred Sheldon08/29/12
I love how you described all the different isles in the grocery store and wove the Lord into your story. Thank you and God bless.