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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Whine (05/23/13)

TITLE: Invitation
By Melissa Johnson


Excuse me - I thought I would let you know that I just decided Iím going to throw a party. And itís going to be today.

Why? Because I feel like it.

No, I donít need to do much to get it going. You might think I would need more time to prepare. The thing is I have had a lifetime to prepare. Oh, and I have done this before. Many times, actually. I can, as always, easily whip out my ever-handy list of topics to keep the focus of the party where it needs to be. Itís a long list because every day of my life provides opportunities to add to it if I look hard enough. I will need to allow a lot of time for the party. It can be very time consuming once it begins. Sadly, Iím sure I will need just one chair. I have been the only one showing up, despite my best efforts to get others to join me.

Would you like to come? You are invited. Although Iím sure you have no interest in hanging out with me. Why would you? No one else wants to. Iím sure youíre too busy. I donít mean to whine, but people donít seem to care at all when I throw these parties.

You do know what the theme is, right? It is, of course, another one of my famous pity parties. Iím sure youíve thrown many of your own pity parties.

ÖYou havenít?

How is that possible?

Yes, I throw my pity parties because I feel sorry for myself and itís the only thing I feel like doing.

Yes, I suppose feelings are of the flesh.

Ok, slow down. If you want me to look something up in my Bible, give me a chance to dust it off. Romans 8:8 and 8:13? RomansÖ RomansÖ Ok, here they are: ďThose who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.Ē And, ďFor if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.Ē

Oh come on! It canít be that bad for me to spend time feeling sorry for myself, is it?

Really? But thatís how I feel and I canít help how I feel.

Another verse. Fine. Galatians 5:16, ďSo I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.Ē

Ok, so if I walk by the Spirit, I wouldnít have to live by my feelings all of the time? It seems like it would be a lot of work to change. But it would be nice to spend my time doing something other than feeling sorry for myself. Letís say I want to do that, how do I do that? Where do I go to learn how to do that?

Godís Word? The Bible?

Huh. You know what? I think Iím going to cancel my party today. I have some reading to do.

Romans 8:8, 13, Galatians 5:16 NIV

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/31/13
I like this. It's different and a fresh take on the topic. I had a little trouble connecting the verses to your message at first, but after I thought about it it did make sense. I also appreciate that you didn't go with the typical complaining verses in Proverbs that many people used. Tiny red ink, okay should be written out or both letters capitalized. Your message is a great one that most people can relate to. I enjoyed this inner dialog with God.
C D Swanson 05/31/13
Fresh, interesting and consistently entertaining. I enjoyed the dialogue with God and the entire message overall.

God bless~
Genia Gilbert06/03/13
This is a clever way to approach the topic. I have had more than a few of these parties, and I think everybody can relate - if they are honest. Well written and a wonderful point made.
C D Swanson 06/06/13
Congrats! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/06/13
Congratulations for ranking 3rd in your level and 17th overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)
Judith Gayle Smith06/06/13
I was just embarking upon my own whine and cry - and then I read this. Can't even get myself to go to my pity party now. Great job! Congratulations