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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: Don't Allow The Devil To Win
By Barbara Ann Smith
08/08/06


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It has been a long week; and thus far, everything has gone wrong and nothing has ended as planned. There have been disputes, mistakes, and trangressions building up inside me since the beginning of the week. I've tried to remain calm and peaceful but I vision myself exploding. I've imaged a grinning devil urging me to come on lose control and go on a ranting rage. I immediately, realize I need an intervention to replenish my self-assurance and adjust my attitude; thus, granting me the ability to capture my ability to restore the undertakings of my daily tasks and to be considerate and affectionate to my family, friends and co-workers and to rid myself of this evil mood holding me hostage.

I seek out to converse with my friend, Christ Jesus, to discuss my frustrations and indiscretions. I go to my favorite place to pray. As I sit underneath the flourishing oak tree, its branches hang low as though they are shielding and nurturing my testy spirit. I look around at the greatness of God's beauty surrounding me. I smell the colorful flowers incredible aroma, wild animals peer curiously at me, tadpoles scribble the gurgling stream, a Robin nurtures her young and a lush backdrop provides me a magnificent unforgettable view.

As I sit here on the rich earth, it is what I vision Heaven will look like. God made every infinitesimal thing perfect and to His liking. There are no mistakes. I envision Jesus in my presence; I feel He is here to listen and to provide me peace and tranquility. He will calm my storm and cease the raging undercurrents. We discuss my woes and misfortunes; and abruptly, I'm reminded of all the wonderful things that have happened to me this week. My friend, Stephanie Jones, had a healthy baby boy. My x-rays came back normal. Mr. Johnson's leg didn't have to be amputated. Joe, my friend, made it home safe and sound from Iraq. My children called me this week to say they appreciate me. My husband showered me with attention and love because he knew I was having a rough week.

I begin to whisper, "Lord, You've provided me a glorious place to live and You've given me a superb life ... I'm ashamed of my childish actions today. I'm offended that I brought such pettiness to You. I pray that you grant me strength, patience and a non-judgmental attitude to overlook my trivial-mindedness. Help me to over-look petty fixations and magnify in me love and the ability to reach out to offer kindness and friendship to others when I'm tempted to lose Your way.


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Jan Ackerson 08/10/06
I would have loved to read this in story form; your third paragraph is rich with material that I wanted details of.
david grant08/12/06
I agree with the prev comment. The third paragraph could have been a shining gem with just a little deeper work.
Gary Sims08/12/06
Yes, let's make it into a story.