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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: Refashioning Life
By Angelo Subida
06/15/06


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Sam, my wife's fashion designer friend, died just recently. He just came from months of cancer therapy in the hospital. When the doctors allowed him to travel, he drank wine and celebrated the closing of a mega business deal. Little did Sam know that it would be his last day.

Most likely, Sam died from overexertion. On another level, you may ask, "Did he die running a business?" Does that mean business is bad? Of course not. Did Sam die of wanting to make it big in life as he saw it? Does this mean that progress is wrong? Surely not.

I'm reminded of noted historian/author, Leo Tolstoy. His life was a demonstration of the reality of human limitation. When he exceeded this limit, it took a toll on his health.

The problem is not with running, having progress, moving forward, bearing a load. Actually, we need burdens to make life more exciting! The problem is not with the carrying of our business or burdens. The problem is to accept when it's over, to leave enough margin for our lives.

We humans are not infinite. No one among us have more than 24 hours a day. Everything on earth has limits. All of us are bound by this sameness of limits.

Now I'm not saying we don't do our best. Instead, I'm only reminding us that there is such a thing as a built-in "threshold" of limits in each one of us.

God must have a reason for giving this "threshold" of limits. How about reflecting with Him about this matter?


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Marilyn Schnepp 06/22/06
Since the Topic at hand is Life, I read between the lines that there is a Limit to everyones Life Span...and one shouldn't push it to the outer limits. Nicely stated.
Jan Ackerson 06/23/06
You have some good examples here, and some thought-provoking ideas. Since you had more words, I'd have enjoyed reading suggestions for "leaving margins" in our lives. Great suggestion at the end--reflecting with God.
Kaylee Blake 06/24/06
I agree that this was very thought-provoking. Nice job!
Lynda Schultz 06/25/06
Excellent thought and well written. We were never meant to live the way we do. Whether we like it or not, the world has squeezed us into a mold that isn't God-shaped. We all need to refocus. Good job.
dub W06/26/06
Very well done tight message. Thanks for posting this.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/27/06
Good message. Well done.