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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Great (07/06/06)

TITLE: Grasping for Greatness
By Stephen Paynter
07/10/06


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The pinnacle of angelic beauty lifts up his gaze, and stumbles. The hissing serpentine deceiver courts fame, plotting cosmic rebellion. Innocence crashes as forbidden knowledge is sought. Me? There is no doubt: I am a true son of Adam.

Perfectionists strive, forcing reality to their tidy vision. Orators, intoxicated by their power of utterance, sway multitudes. Politicians dream of service, with an eye on the history books. Me? This is all too lofty for me.

Athletes train and pant for the glory of winning. Actors seek that mannerism which will make their role sparkle with reality. Authors write and re-write, crafting words which will connect. Me? I have so many dreams, yet I do so little.

Some believe they have already achieved greatness of a kind. They see themselves as superlative losers – victims. They are the weak; the hurting; the worthless – styling themselves, “life’s failures.” Me? I know something of that path, but by God’s grace I have not walked its darkest stretches.

He does not call us to seek fame, fortune, or this world’s accolades. He teaches us that we are all great sinners – in need of great grace and mercy. Through staggering humility and service, he redeems his own. Me? I rejoice in my profound salvation, so undeserved.

Truly awesome is the One we serve – Father, Son and Spirit. Weight of majesty clothes him, now and forever. He stands alone – the worthy recipient of all of Creation’s praise, adoration and glory. Me? Neither unduly elevated, nor unappreciated, I find my place as my voice adds its notes to his worship.


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Marilyn Schnepp 07/13/06
An utterly fantastic read! Short, sweet and beautifully done. I loved it! And each "Me?" at the end of the paragraph GAVE this essay that extra "something" called magic. Great job!
william price07/14/06
Very, very nice. I almost clapped my hands. God Bless!
Sue Dent07/17/06
Knowing who you are and knowing who you aren't. Yes, what a wonderful message and what a fantastic job of making this point! Very well done!
Brenda Craig07/17/06
From one who loves to worship, I loved this line,

find my place as my voice adds its notes to his worship.

Well done!
Sherry Wendling07/17/06
This piece is beautifully conceived and crafted--delicious to the spirit!

"Me?...A true son of Adam...adding notes to His worship." I love the way you subtly point to your identification with the whole Body of Christ.

"Neither unduly elevated nor unappreciated" captures the essence of humility's mysterious balance. A gem!
Jan Ackerson 07/17/06
This is superb!
Donna Haug07/17/06
Yep. Ditto. You struck a chord with me on the last line. Terrific
Julianne Jones07/21/06
I loved the way you brought it back to the personal at the end of each paragraph. The length of this piece was right for its genre: short and to the point. Hope to see more such entries from you in the future.