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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: Daddy, Are We Unimportant People?
By Tim Manzer


It was a wonderful spring afternoon and I had the honor of being in charge of the safekeeping of my two fun loving youngsters. I love to take my kids to the park and play. I still remember the day that a grandmotherly type approached me at a little city park and said “You can be glad that your wife didn’t just see you doing that with your kids.” Maybe, I took three kids to the park? Well, on this day I choose to do something different with my elementary age kids. It was the beginning to a new political season. A Presidential candidate was in our small northern town and she was speaking to a large group of excited republicans at an auditorium at our local Junior college.

I’m not all that very political but I decided to see if I could get tickets and take my bright eyed kids to hear, Mrs. Elizabeth Dole. I like this energetic, graceful lady. I thought it would be an event my offspring would remember. Well, it was remembered for a totally different reason then I ever expected. It was a sold out rally but the local talk radio station said that the Republican Party would release extra tickets at the last minute. I did not expect to get into the presidential rally and was planning my next parental move when my young brood and I were ushered into the noisy college performing arts center. To our surprise and delight we were given spots on the front row of the concert hall. We were going to be able to reach out and touch this well-known leader. I thought, “This was going to be one very special memory for the family.”

The rally was begun by local party members performing some normal necessary pre-speech political duties. Suddenly this special event was stopped for my children and me as a few official looking, over-dressed people with badges around their necks approached us with serious looks on their face. We were told to give up our seats because a VIP had arrived late to the event and needed to be seated in our three seats. A local leader decided that a young man and his tiny curtain climbers were the right choice to remove from their great seats. They whispered that we had to leave the building-“NOW” because the entire college auditorium was full. A shocked older well-dressed gal came to our defense and she argued that they just can’t kick people out of an open meeting so that others could have our seats. This made the red-faced representatives very angry causing this young preacher and his six and ten year olds to be escorted from the rally like a pack of possible terrorists.

After our short family foray into the wild side of politics, I was walking back to my parking spot with frustrated thoughts whirling around my mind. My daughter broke my angry silence. I was holding her tiny hand as she asked the question, “Daddy, are we unimportant people?”

I looked into her beautiful, tear-filled baby blue eyes and said, “We may be very unimportant to bureaucrats but we are very important to God. He loves us so much that we can merely look up to Him and cry Abba, Father and our heavenly Daddy lets us enter into his presence. You can not be more important than that!”

Then I fixed the problem with ice cream and a visit to one of our favorite Traverse City parks. I am thankful that at anytime time and in any place I have instant direct never busy connection to my Lord. Everyone is important to God.

Hebrews 4: 14-16 NIV “14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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Helen Paynter03/07/06
Wow! Made me want to hit someone, especially the way you report your daughter's words. I wonder if this would benefit from a little less detail - perhaps it detracts a little from the 'punch'. Great stuff though.
c clemons03/08/06
I believe the encounter had a more lasting effect on you than your children, but in the end you were reminded of our importance to God. I agree less detail might make more a better punch at the end.
Amy Michelle Wiley 03/10/06
I didn't quite get what the comment from the grandmotherly-type woman had to do with the story, but otherwise I enjoyed this! Good job, and too bad you got kicked out of the rally!