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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Expert (09/05/13)

TITLE: To Whom Shall We Go?
By Melissa Johnson


There are many people in this world that are known as experts. There are those who are experts at something because of education and experience, and there are those who are self proclaimed.

Personally, I donít fall into either category. I canít claim to be an expert at anything. I canít even say Iím an expert at what Iím most familiar with, which is being myself. I live with myself day after day and am deeply involved with every reaction, every decision, and every emotion. And yet, Iím no expert. I really donít know what Iím doing. I have a home, a wonderful husband, and three beautiful daughters. There is a lot of responsibility on my shoulders to do my best to try to be everything I need to be. It can be overwhelming and I admit I need help.

We all need help. So who do we turn to?

On the surface it would appear that there are many experts we could turn to, but in reality there are only two. One is an expert at deceit. Heís so good at what he does that almost every choice we make could lead to following this clever deceiver. He has it set up so well that we could be following him by simply NOT making a choice. Itís easy to go down his path. It looks good. It feels good. But all of that is short lived. For this expert is a thief. According to John 10:10 ďthe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.Ē (NIV)

I may not be an expert, but I do know that isnít what I want for myself or for my family.

So, the other choice? How about the One who came so we could ďhave life, and have it to the fullĒ? (John 10:10, NIV). That sounds so much better! But following this expert isnít always easy. In fact, it can be hard most of the time. At first it may not feel good or look good to follow His guidance, but ultimately it will be good and it wonít be short lived. God is an expert in all things, and we can go to Him for wisdom for everything in our lives. He even provided an instruction manual for us. Of course, the Bible isnít necessarily as easy as ďput tab b into slot a,Ē but it is worth the time, prayer and effort required to learn to recognize Godís voice.

Life is hard and we need help. There are two experts. To whom will you go?

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Judith Gayle Smith09/12/13
This is so well thought through and written. Great job!
C D Swanson 09/15/13
So good! Loved it. Thanks.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/18/13
I liked this. There have been many stories this week about Jesus being an expert, but you put a fresh spin on it by adding Satan. Your message really packs a punch. I think you might be surprised if you go back and count how many times you used the word expert. You really didn't need it that many times. Restructure sentences to avoid repeating, but more, have faith in your message. It's possible to write on topic without ever using the topic word and I think you are super talented and could do just that. Your message is powerful, and your piece well-written. You did an outstanding job of selecting the right Scripture to back your points. Well done