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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)

TITLE: Life is a flower
By Eddie Snipes


The scriptures tell us that all flesh is as a flower. It blooms, then falls, and is forgotten. A group of people were asked to name their grandparents. Most could. They were then asked to name their great-grandparents. A little less than half could. When asked the names of their great-great-grandparents, only a small number could.

Within three generations, you will be forgotten. In one generation you will be forgotten by all but family. For the world, this is a sad reality, but not for the Christian. The one who lives in Christ is not living for a world that is passing away, but for a life that will never pass.

Like the world, we will bloom and fall away. Itís the fact of life. Itís what the blossom of our life accomplishes that separates us from the world. This flesh is destined to fall to the ground, so it isnít our life in the flesh that we are investing ourselves into. In the Bible we are told, ďThe world is passing away, and all that is to be desired in it. He who does the will of God abides forever.Ē

Like a field, everything in the world lives for a time and returns to the earth. Some plants bloom with splendor, and some with tiny blossoms unseen by the human eye. The glory of the Christian life is that our moment of blooming has an eternal seed behind it. In a moment, the world forgets our efforts, but that which is done through the Spirit of Godís power cannot be forgotten. The Spiritís bloom remains unseen by the world, but eternally in Godís presence.

Donít forget the promise of God. The good works of some are clearly evident, but those that are not, cannot be hidden. Those who bloom in the Spirit may not be seen by human eyes, but take heart. These cannot be hidden from eternal eyes. Lives that faithfully bloom in the life of those grounded in Christ will be clearly seen when Christ transforms faith into sight.

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Christina Banks 12/01/12
We tend to think that our lives are so important, and what we will do will matter forever, but as you pointed out, that isn't the case. We will be forgotten for what we do on earth. That is one more reason why we should be laying up treasures in heaven, where they will not be forgotten, and where they will last for eternity. Thank you for this thought provoking entry.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/02/12
Wow this is a powerful devotion. At first my heart sunk and I could hear my inner voice scream I don't want to be forgotten. But then, as if you could hear my words, your next sentence filled me with hope and reminded me that Jesus will never forget me. This is a great devotion with a message that sets the reader straight yet doesn't come off as preachy or sanctimonious. You did a great job of tackling the topic in a unique and interesting way while still delivering a powerful message. Great job.
Wilma Schlegel12/02/12
You really grabbed my attention by letting me know how quickly I'm going to be forgotten! But your words are very true and well worth contemplating. Thank you for this encouraging and motivating message.
lynn gipson 12/04/12
A great message and a great article! Excellent writing!

God Bless, Lynn
C D Swanson 12/04/12
Lovely and powerful devotion with a wonderful message. Good job with this piece. Thanks. God bless~
Loren T. Lowery12/05/12
A wonderfully powerful devotion - it is but a moment that certains out place in eternity. Well done.
C D Swanson 12/06/12
Congrats! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/06/12
Congratulations on your first place ribbon and for ranking 18 overall!
Bea Edwards 12/09/12
Congratulations on your winning entry. You wrote a beautiful devotional with a lot of insight.