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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: The One Day Challenge
By David Story
02/04/06


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“…and be with my wife and daughter, in Jesus’ name…A-men.”

“Can you back up some?”

“I suppose. To where?”

“Seems to me somewhere in there you asked me to take control of your life.”

“Is that a problem?”

“With me, no. But how about you? Are you really ready to let go and let me?”

“I think so. I mean, yeah, I am.”

“No. I Am.”

Silence.

“I want you to try something when you pray.”

“Okay.”

“I want you, for one day, to do nothing but praise me.”

“I can do that.”

“No requests, no petitions. Nothing but praise.”

“Not even a ‘bless this day’?”

“Not even a ‘bless this day’. I am not saying I don’t want to hear your needs and desires, I do. Remember, I care about you. I just want you, for one day, to praise me for who I am.”

“I’m not sure I can.”

“Why?”

“Because no matter how hard I try…I always seem to make it…about me.”

“I’ve noticed that, and it’s okay. That’s part of our little experiment, to take the focus away from you, and put it on me. I know it might take practice, so – pray often.”

“I’ll try.”

“Don’t try.”

“How can I not try?”

“Simply believe.”

“Believe?”

“Yes. Believe. I’ll do the rest.”

“You’ll have patience with me?”

“Always.”

Heavy sigh. And then;

“Lord of all creation, Maker of heaven and earth. Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. You and You alone, are worthy of all honor and glory and praise.”

“There, that wasn’t so bad, was it?”

“No Lord, not bad at all.”

“Keep focused on me, and I’ll take care of the rest. Deal?”

“Deal…and Lord?”

“Yes.”

“I love you.”

“And that, my child, is the best praise of all.”


O God, we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise your name.
- Psalms 44:8 (NLT)


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Lynda Schultz 02/08/06
Could it be that our "gimme" lists are a subtle way of remaining in control by getting God to do as WE ask? Nicely put, and good advice.
Alexandra Wilkin02/11/06
Nice handling of 'dialogue only' and a point well made in the process. God bless.
Patricia Charlton02/17/06
This type of relationship with Jesus takes time and honesty. Also, this article is cleverly written with that relationship in mind. Thank-you.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/18/06
Loved it! Such a neat way of expressing our topic. Couldn't have said it better myself! ahem...couldn't have "prayed" it better myself; and the next to the last line? ---it choked me up.