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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: Bragging Rights!
By Pam Kumpe


I quit!

After entering the writing challenges, I've discovered the pain of rejection and since I do not particularly enjoy suffering, I've decided to avoid the process all together.

My inflated opinion of my writing became apparent, especially since a friend of mine turned in articles for the weekkly challenges and she is receiving rave reviews.

And yes, she is relishing in those remarks and conveniently passes them on to me. It's no wonder, I'm feeling a wee bit discouraged.

And to think, I first told her about this website and now, I have the pleasure of working with her daily, listening to her comments from her new set of friends.

Lately, I've spent so much time pulling up my own story, checking for comments, it's taken away from my own writing. Distracted, I've lost my focus.

Well, apparently I've cornered the market on self pity this week, and one small imagined rejection threw me off course.

As long as the road is wide and full of pleasant surprises, I steer ahead, but when the first glimpse of an obstacle gets thrown at me, I turn around and head for home.

Re-evaluating my motive is in order based on how I'm responding to my good friend's success.

Am I writing because I love God? Absolutely. Is it something I must do, not matter what? Yes. Do I need to remember this? Obviously.

Sometimes, I get centered on my own purpose, and therein lies the struggle.

If I truly want to obey the Lord, my motive should be love, and a life focused on Him, not me.

So after thinking it over, I must keep writing, because "We know that in everything God works for good for those who love him, who are called according to his purpose."(Rom 8:28)

I'm reminded God didn't give us the Scriptures because he wanted to be a famous author, he gave us the Scripture because it contains life!

And so, I must pass on that same life, the "Good News" to others, so everyone has a chance to win.

Scripture tells me, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:2-3)

Therefore, I cannot quit, there's work to be done!

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Lori Othouse 02/07/05
Good for you! Humility is always the best way to go. May God bless and encourage you in your writing!
Christine Rhee02/07/05
I liked your catchy introduction!!

I remember feeling this way last year, when I first started actively participating in the Challenges. Like you said, we all need to be reminded to keep our focus on Him!
Joanne Malley02/07/05
What a very honest article from the heart. Here's hoping you will write in the future for the sheer joy of it. Also know that although not highly recognized yet, your writing is sure to touch many that need to read what you write. Joanne :)
Suzanne R02/07/05
If you're aiming to engage your readers, you've certainly succeeded! Most of us can identify with your content, and you've brought out beautifully how we keep writing out of obedience to our Lord. Thanks for the encouragement. Also, you know, while it is great to get feedback and even better to win, sometimes God seems to teach us through the whole challenge topics too, don't you think? May God bless you richly as you keep obeying, regardless of earthly success, and if He so pleases, may you soon have recognition too!
Phyllis Inniss02/09/05
What an honest assessment Your focus on the Lord will help your writing to improve in magical ways. Thanks for sharing.
Chris Miller02/09/05
You are not alone, dear writer. I entered an article last fall. It was from the heart and I couldn't not write it. I won 8th place from the editors. Of course, after that I expected to keep winning. I wrote two or three weeks, simply to win, and didn't. I had to relinquish my competitive motives and simply write becaue I ejoy it. It's not easy though. Thanks for expressing what a lot of us probably feel.
Debbie OConnor02/11/05
Well done. I've been there too. But if we have to write we might as well be read...and who knows...if we keep writing and learning maybe one day we'll be the ones with the rave reviews and places of honor. And if even one person is helped by something we say it is worth putting ourselves out there. I've had a week of knowing my entry isn't so great, but also knowing it touched at least one person. And your entry has obviously struck a chord this week. Just look at all this feedback! :)
Crista Darr02/14/05
Crista Darr02/14/05
God is dealing with me in the same way. I need to be reminded that I write for Him not for the praise of man. Thanks for your honesty. It is refreshing and encouraging.
Deborah Porter 02/16/05
Pam, when I first saw your article after it was submitted, I made a note in my files to leave a comment on it once the Challenge was finished. I really had to say that your honesty in this was something that probably the vast majority of members can relate to. Oh and that slight twinge that comes when a friend, that we've introduced, seems to be doing better! Hard not to feel a teeny bit envious. But Pam, I was cheering you on when I read right through to your last statement. You have evaluated the situation perfectly and come to the only right conclusion. Well done. Keep rising to the Challenge - you'll get there in the end. With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)