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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: A LIFE OF NOTHING?
By Teresa Hollums
05/31/06


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A LIFE OF NOTHING?

“Such promise.”

“They say he just threw it all away.”

“I heard that, too; you’d think he could have just talked in shades of gray and none of this would have ever happened.”

“I was told that he even told our leaders that they would be going to hell.”

“Oh, my, I can’t believe he was so very blunt and harsh. I only knew of his being kind to everyone. It is amazing how he is striking at the very foundation of our people.”

“There is no way our leaders could tolerate his insolence any longer.”

“I heard they even tried him before the judge. It’s odd, but the judge just said he washed his hands of the matter and gave the decision back to the people at the trial.”

“It makes you wonder why all this fuss. He was just a nobody—just someone who made a few people well. He talked so odd about how he could and would heal anyone who called on his name.”

“It sure is evident how real that claim was! Look at him—there dying.”

“Yes, indeed, a fitting death for a crazy man who claimed much, but is so human that he dies—just like the rest of us.”

“No real God would suffer like that. We should have had someone to lead us out of this bondage of suppressive taxes and government. Such a wasted claim!”

And then the soldier and the two women heard the last request from the dying man on the cruel cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

And the lightening flashed and the thunder rolled. The very ground rolled beneath them. And the people below him cried in fright and fear.








“Run, everyone, run!”

“Where?”

“Just away from this evil cross and man!”

And the people ran. The crucified man hung lifelessly, and an eerie silence and darkness obliterated the scene of cruelty and suffering.

A Life of Nothing? So it appeared. What a strange way to save a world! A purpose thwarted. A life wasted! Jesus, calls us in ways not clear to the world of Christian purpose—perhaps just blindingly trusting that, we like him, will serve the greatest purpose of all—a life filled with his glorious humble spirit from God.


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Virginia Gorg06/02/06
A nicely written piece about the crucifixion. Indeed, a "strange way to save the world," yet the only way possible. Thanks for sharing.
Sherry Wendling06/03/06
Well done! Creative approach to our most vital story--HIS! You carried off with punch and dramatic flair.

You might want to comb through and pick off those pesky adverbs; they can weaken your excellent style.

Onward, soldier! Nice work.

Shari Armstrong 06/03/06
I liked the conversational parts, like we're overhearing the crowds, but I think the end kind of distrupted the flow. Maybe make it more like the first part, but from some of those who'd seen Him.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/04/06
An excellent Read, and one that makes one contemplate the whole story of salvation. Very creative and held this Reader's interest. Well done.