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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: MORE, MORE, AND MORE
By Teresa Hollums
05/12/06


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MORE, MORE, MORE

“You deserve that new car.”
“Pamper yourself.”
“Only the Lexus is really you.”
“Be slim, smart, and sexy with this slinky new black dress.”
“Look at this beautiful six-bedroom home—just waiting for you.”
“Come in today and let us show you the perfect modern furniture just for you.”
“It’s time to spend your savings—you deserve that great retirement cruise trip.”
“How about it? Only $250 for low airfare and a stay in Cesar’s today?”
“Wow, just think, honey, how great would be that 54-inch T.V.!”
“Just remember her on your anniversary with a diamond fit to reflect your love.”

----And on and on the newspaper, the television, the mall stores, the billboards, the telemarketer, and the catalog that comes in the mail all proclaim. The answer to satisfaction is to show our prosperity. How? It seems society answers with: “Just spend more.” And the cycle endlessly drones on in a whirlpool of indifference to what is truly important

Where do greed and ideas of the “rat race” end? If we really look realistically at our materialistic society, we confess that the answer is:” There is no end to this definition of prosperity.” And down and down we slide into more selfishness and tears of regret. The heart rings hollow. Hard uncaring crusts our now buried intentions of loving others. The more, more, and more we accumulate, the more, more, and more we forget God.

And God sees. And God asks his prodigal children to return to his loving arms with an insistent whisper: “Come, my children, you are lost and hurting without me. Come seek the more, more, and more of my love. Fill your heart with the greatest prosperity of all—my spirit and love. Step aside. Trust me. All you really need is more, more, and more of Me.”


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Jan Ackerson 05/18/06
I really liked the expanding arrangement in the first paragraph--the growing lines echoed the growing greed. And the last paragraph is very precious.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/21/06
This is good. I especially liked the phrase, "in a whirlpool of indifference".