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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)

TITLE: The Elementary Neighbor
By george elerick
03/12/05


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He had been on that same block for the last 32 years, he wasn't that smart. He could rarely read a paragraph without fowling up the synchronicity and rhythm and that alone threw us off. In fact, it frustrated most of us to no end. So, we left him alone. Time went on and the arms of the clock told our story more than we ever had a chance to. And though, he had many chances, our elementary neighbor was still dumb. The only major difference between him and us, is that every day of the week he would leave the house at sunrise and not return until midnight. No one knew where he went, let alone where anyone would want him to be, we didn't care until the day he died. That day we found out that he would frequent a local church and just sit and listen to the pastor speak, or just sit and ponder about life and its complexities. And then on the non-church days, he would spend his time at the local old-folks home and give blood, and love others, especially those who were hated, or the outcast or the marginalized. He was an example, that would should have learned from when he was alive. But, sometimes others have to die to give life.

THEME: Although, to some this may seem a bit confusing, the whole point of being shrewd, is also defined as being resourceful. We think as believers we need to know every scripture, or that we need to "look" a certain way to be considered a christian. We forget that the if we just work on the outside, we are hell-bound. Character is who you are when the lights are off, when no one is around. If we want to be shrewd, we need to be willing, that is what true shrewdness looks like, it has nothing to do with knowledge acquisition or saving a certain amount of people. It is being willing to be used (2 Cor. 4:7), that is the key to divine shrewdness. Try it out!!


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donna robinson03/20/05
Maybe it was a little confusing but the point was still well made. You are so right, it's how we work on the inside of our hearts that count.