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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)

TITLE: The Missing Link
By Marilyn Schnepp


Mugged, beaten and robbed by thieves, the man is left for dead at the side of the road. Two travelers passing by later observe the man half dead lying in a pool of blood, but they ignore him, cross to the other side of the road, and continue traveling on.

Finally a third man comes by, and although he is of a different race and sect than the victim (in fact, an arch enemy), he stops, gives the man a drink, binds up his wounds and takes him to the nearest Inn. The rescuer gives the Innkeeper money to take care of the man's lodging and medical expenses; with instructions that he will be back to check on him and pay any other costs that accrued in his absence. I'm sure you recognize Jesus's parable, (The story of The Good Samaritan in Luke, chapter 10).

I love that story. The unnamed Samaritan is what I call a Volunteer with a capital "V". It also whispers...NO, it Shouts to me about a problem I have been wrestling with all my life.

There's definitely something wrong with me. I don't know what it is or what to do about it. All I know is that there's something vitally important missing or lacking in my make up.

This is not mascara, lipstick or eye shadow type Make-Up - I'm talking about characteristic type make up; that certain something inside of a person that makes them tick, gives them their own unique individualistic personality.

This problematic flaw consists of: A) being a coward; B) selfish; C) overly lazy. or D) all of the above.

I never gave it much thought until today. Today I heard somebody talking about how they volunteered to be a guinea pig for science by taking a new type of pill to help medical research cure a certain disease.

It suddenly dawned on me that I had never volunteered for anything in my life that I can recall. Oh sure, I volunteered to pass out papers for the teacher, to mail somebody's letter or take a message to somebody - but nothing of importance like an earthshattering contribution to God or mankind.

I've been a child, daughter, mother, aunt, sister and grandmother - but never a VOLUNTEER; I've done auditing, transcribing, underwriting, payrolling, and laying down the law - but never a VOLUNTEER. Something is definitely lacking in my character.

I don't march for causes, don't picket, boycott or sign petitions. That definitely chalks me up as disinterested in my fellow earthling's problems, right?

As for the story of the Good Samaritan, I'd probably be one of those two that walked away with excuses like - "Don't want to get involved", or "Weak stomach at the sight of blood", or "In a big hurry to get where I'm going", or to tell it like it really is....I'm basically a coward, too lazy, or just plain selfish.

My admiration for people who do Volunteer to help the lost, the poor, the sick, the addict, the alcoholic, and the prisoner is sincere...and that is why I know something's amiss when it comes to the make up of my character. Something vital is missing. I'm taking but not giving.

Pardon me for cutting this short - but I've just realized I've got some serious knee-bending to do. I've got to talk this problem over with my Heavenly Father. Only He can plug up the holes, fill in the gaps and find the missing link that will make me whole...for He is my Creator.

Even His daisy, as long as it lasts, volunteers to cast it's shadow in order to shade the lingering dewdrop from the sun.

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Dolores Stohler11/30/06
Dear Writer: You've done some soul-searching to the good, summoned up courage to write about the fault you perceived,and taken a very important step in spiritual growth. Now go forward with God's blessing and volunteer for something. It's not always easy but you'll feel great when it's done. God bless you.
Jen Davis12/01/06
I loved the conversational tone and the honesty of this piece. Good job!
Christine Miles12/04/06
Wow! I have never in my life thought that people existed who did not volunteer. This was an eye-opener to me. It also reminded me (in the last paragraph) that doing what God designed me to do is the most important thing. Talk about making me want to serve!
william price12/04/06
I know the story was writen in first person, but the "I" in this story represents a large segment of people who do not volunteer. I know this because I am in a position to frequently have to ask for volunteers. I just wish everyone who stuggles with this will come to the same conclusion. I just might post this article. Very brave writing here as well as experly done. Volunteering yourself to be the poster child for this hole in humanity. The non-volunteer volunteer. Nice job. God bless.
Joanne Sher 12/04/06
The tone and format of this piece were perfect for the message you were getting across, which I think everyone needs to hear. This was extremely compelling, and came to a perfect conclusion!
Jan Ackerson 12/04/06
Wow--that last sentence really blew me away. Very powerful!
Dawn Dale12/04/06
you said you are a Mother...I think of you as an incredible volunteer...from one who doesn't have children
Marty Wellington 12/05/06
This piece was marvelous in its journey through the thoughts of one who is truly seeking God's will. I loved how authentically you wrote and the imagery of the last sentence was simply beautiful. Well done!
Donna Powers 12/05/06
I loved your honesty here and this is very well written. I also really loved the last line. Thanks for sharing it.
Edy T Johnson 12/07/06
Dear Writer, if you are who I think you are, you did volunteer -- to serve your country. Perhaps your right hand isn't aware of what your left hand is doing. Or, in the words of Scripture: "Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink?..." It appears the righteous aren't even aware of their volunteering!
AJ Dowell12/13/06
Well done. That's what I want to here from my Creator. Well done thou good and faithful servant. God gives us many golden opportunities to volunteer. Our eyes are closed to most of them. You've volunteered more than you know. Excellent work wordsmithing.
Mariane Holbrook 02/04/07
In your last sentence, are you sure Daisy volunteered? Methinks Daisy was placed in a position in which she (aren't flowers always referred to as female?) had no choice but to cast a protective shadow. And maybe many who appear to volunteer today just happen to be in the right place at the right time to give aid and comfort. I wonder if true volunteering means a deliberate choice to endure discomfort in order than another might be comfortable. And just maybe I have no idea on earth what I'm talking about. LOL But I loved the article!