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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Drip (04/25/13)

TITLE: Are You God's Drip?
By Carla Rogers


In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

There it was; the distinctive splashes of water in the kitchen sink. There it was again. I really didnít want to get out of my warm snuggly bed to fix the spigot, but I couldnít bear to hear the ever increasing splashing all night. As I was tightening the spigot, my brain still fuzzy with sleepy cobwebs, started thinking about water and people.

Water is colorless; at certain angles, it blends right in with the background. It certainly isnít attractive, unlike chocolate which is so flavorful. There is no odor, nothing to draw a person to it. Water can also leak from any container. These thoughts led me to think about people.

People are like drips too; unattractive, boring. They wouldnít be noticed in a crowd. They add nothing substantial to others lives; adding no opinions, no leadership, and no real meaningful interaction. I thought about some people I know who would be considered a drip.

I felt a nudge. I was becoming a God drip.

I was saved, but I was blending into the environment too much, colorless as water. I wasnít going out of my way to help others who I didnít really didnít like. And I could get angry when frustrated. Those qualities were just like the world. Splash.

Odorless as water, I wasnít letting the world smell the wonderful, peaceful scents of the Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon; the scent of a dinner cooked for a family in crisis, the scent of children in dirty diapers babysat for the single mother down the street, the scent of a house cleaned for someone sick. I couldnít remember the last time I did any of those activities. Splash.

I was definitely not showing mercy and grace the way Jesus had to me. I wasnít forgiving, which was causing me to become bitter over past offenses. None of those qualities would draw anyone closer to Jesus; in fact, I was probably pushing them away. Splash.

I was only showing my love for Christ here and there, not consistently. Not enough to show the difference in my life. Splash.

The sinful world ensnares us into thinking that these things are not wrong. If the devil canít have our souls, he will be content to make us ineffective in the work of God. He lulls us into believing that we donít have to be the salt and light for the world, that we can really be effective in the background. Neither Jesus nor any of his disciples were drips.

Father, forgive me for believing that I can be a wall flower in the work of your kingdom. I no longer want to be your constant drip. Help me to make a difference in someoneís life. Amen.

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lynn gipson 05/05/13
I've too, have been a drip, no make that a flood at times. I really enjoyed this piece and it made me stop and think. Thank you for this well written reminder and the message it sends. You should do well in your new level!
Brenda Rice 05/05/13
I consider your entry a devotional and a very good one.

I believe dripping water is used a means of torture. I don't want to torment anyone by being a drip.

Thanks for the reminder that we each have a calling to be more that drips in the kingdom.
Cinda Carter05/05/13
I enjoyed your devotional. It's so true in what you say that we can become drips sometimes if we're not careful. Our testimony is so, important. We may not even realize others may be watching to see how we handle things. Wonderful reminder that we can be Christ's witness for others. Really nice.
Christina Banks 05/05/13
You've shared some good thoughts and points to ponder.
Vince Martella05/07/13
A thought provoking devotional. May our lives never be colorless, odorless or ineffective for the cause of Christ. One comment I would offer is to use the word "some" people at the beginning of paragraph 4: as written it characterizes " all people" as ineffective , leaderless, ect. (IMO). Thank you for challenging us all to be more effective witnesses for Christ!
Bea Edwards 05/08/13
Your entry has so many points to ponder. I absolutely loved it. It's the best thought provoking devotional Challenge entry I've had the pleasure of reading.