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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Short End of the Stick (02/20/14)

TITLE: Lessons to be Learned
By Ramona Cook


Stories from childhood
are abundant;
often folks think
them to be redundant;
but not to worry
it doesn't stop me
from taking a trip
into my history:

My Daddy was amazing, he was a teacher in every way using examples which we did not forget: like the time he gave us presents in boxes large and small and he let us choose the one we desired. Those who chose first picked the largest boxes, thinking they would contain the larger gift, the one who was last took what was left, but found the small box contained the most valuable prize. His lesson to us was that it is not always the size of a thing that is an indicator of its value, and that we should to be willing to wait for others to go first because sometimes that would work better for us, and if it didn't, we at the least had been polite.

A lesson to be learned.

Then there was the time we had all done something that we knew was wrong. Daddy sent us out to cut a hickory stick to be used as a switch for another child.

I was to cut a switch to give Wayne a switching, and Wayne was to cut a switch for Randy, and Randy was to cut a switch for me.

You might guess what was happening as we got really big, bad switches to be used on the other sibling. However, we were cutting our own switch, as it turned out.

His lesson was that we should always consider how we would want to be switched, and treat the others in the same way. If we had known that we were cutting our own tool of correction, we would have cut them small and short.

"Do unto others AS you would have done to you." He told us that we should have compassion for others, and not wish to see them hurt anymore than was a necessity.

A lesson to be learned.

Jesus taught the same types of lessons to us when He said that with like judgment by which we have judged others, we will be judged; and He said that our own words will condemn us or exonerate us on the Day of Judgment, because the words we have used to judge others will be the criteria by which we are judged by God. Matthew 7: 1- 3, Luke 6:37

A lesson to be learned.


Let my words be filled
with compassion and love,
not by words of ill will.
Remind me often, Lord
I pray, to apply to myself
the words that I say,
for in truth, I am
setting the standard
for my own Judgment Day.

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Toni Hammer02/27/14
I was just reading through Matthew last night, and those verses about judgment made a much larger impression on me than in the past.

Just one note: In the first paragraph, this part of the sentence where you explain what the lesson was read a little funny to me. "...and that we should to be willing to wait..."

You are a great storyteller and, if this is true, your dad was a wonderful man, Thank you for sharing some of him with us.

C D Swanson 02/28/14
A beautiful testimony to your earthly dad, who seemed so special and loving...and to your heavenly Father.

Well done, and well said.
Thank you for sharing with us.

God bless~
Hannah R02/28/14
I loved it! Great reminders and great dad. I am surprised by all the non-fiction that was apparently sent in, I expected everyone to just write fiction. I don't know what I was thinking lol!

Great job!
Phyllis Inniss03/04/14
I enjoyed this article and the methods your dad used to teach his children such wonderful lessons. He based his methods on the teachings of Jesus to show his children the way they should go. Good lessons to be followed.