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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: Work for it
By Andrew Curtis
07/31/06


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Proverbs 16:3 Put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain.

I work to pay bills and buy food. My livelihood depends on my job. If I donít go to work, I wonít eat or have a house. My security though, doesnít rest in my job; it rests in God. Although I work to live, I donít live to work. My job is just that, a job, not a career. I donít dread it but Iíd rather be doing my dream job. Do I feel the same thing about the work I do for God; do I even do work for God?

My mornings consist of several cups of coffee and some quality time with God. I have to work at it, it doesnít just come naturally. At times it seems like too much work. I turn my life over Him and ask Him to keep me safe and in His will. Asking is only the first part; living it is where the real work comes in.

Each day brings new adventures and trials. How I deal with them is how others may see me. If I react with vengeance or a retaliatory heart, I am not carrying the message of God. A loving and compassionate response shows that I am trying to carry Godís message. It shows me that I am willing and able to change my attitude.

Hard work is just that, hard work. If something takes hard work the payoff is usually amazing. If something comes too easily, I may not take the time to enjoy it. If I try and do Godís job halfway, it is like a patch job. It only covers the blemish on the surface. I will have to keep patching up that spot until I decide to it right and complete.

How do I know if Iím doing Godís work or my own? I can simply ask Him. He wants me to ask Him. Heís there to help me do His work. Everything I do is a work for God. If I help someone change a tire, repair their car of just listen, I am doing part of Godís work. When I do His work to the best of my ability my life will have a meaningful purpose. If I am full of selfishness and anger, my purpose and humanity is diminished.

My works do not get me into Heaven, Godís grace does that. I donít have to work for His grace either. It is given to me by believing in my Savior Jesus Christ. The only thing I have to work at is making my life match His will for me. This takes work, but I am ready and willing to work for it.


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terri tiffany08/09/06
You said so much here and I tried to figure out what was going on that didn't quite make it connect. I think you used the word 'work' too many times in sentences too close. Everyone of your thoughts was perfect but maybe you could take one theme and expand on just one. Your first paragraph ended with a good sentence as a lead in to the rest. Maybe add some dialogue with someone or change up each paragraph some. You write well and have good content it is just a matter of making it more reader friendly. Keep writing!! You are doing well but I really did want to share with you what I saw - whether or not it helps or not:)