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

TITLE: "Tu-it. Do it."
By Donna Haug


Snip. Snip. Snip.

Circle after circle slowly falls onto my lap. Straining against the cramp squeezing my hand, I press on. Little brown circles mingle with the scraps as slowly and painstakingly the pile grows.

Sometimes you volunteer for jobs because you figure it is something you would enjoy doing. Sometimes you see a great need and feel that you should do something about it. However, there are other times when you are volunteered for a job, like it or not.

“Tu-it. Do it.” “Tu-it. Do it.” As I separate the beautifully sculpted circles from the scraps, the strange phrases printed on their glossy faces catch my attention. “Tu-it. Do it.”

After 17 years of being a pastor, teacher and missionary, my husband decides that he wants to be a student once more. With him back in seminary, I narrowly escape being his secretary for the year. Thankfully, his typing skills have developed at the speed of computer technology. Nevertheless, today he volunteers me to assist him in preparing an object lesson for his presentation to a Spiritual Formations class.

I open package after package of little round felt pads. Each pad has a nice round covering over the adhesive on the back. Pick. Pick. Pick. I finally loosen an edge and lift off the covering.

My husband’s class has been discussing the importance of spiritual discipline down through the ages. Each era has had its strong points when it came to communing with God. Sometimes the emphasis was on outward form, habits, and rituals. Other times the push was for mental understanding and deepening of spiritual comprehension of theology. Yet other phases focused on the emotions, relationship with God, worship, and praise. Each generation held a nugget of truth. The challenge for the class has been to evaluate the good in each, and open up their hearts to a move of God in that area.

One by one, I carefully hold up the newly exposed sticky pads and attach the brown circles to the felt. I press down gently on each one in turn and pile them on the coffee table.

The point my husband is trying to illustrate is that in our day, our greatest struggle is discipline. We want to walk with God. Our hearts often yearn for intimacy with our Lord. Yet, we get so busy with our schedules, our work, and our play that we just never get around to it. Our priorities are messed up.

I may not have volunteered for this job, but as I clean up the mess I have made, I realize that the challenge has penetrated my heart once more. There is no valid excuse. I cannot wait until I get around to it. I must form the habit of consistency in my time with God. I must stretch my mind through study of the Word. I must walk intimately in relationship with a loving and personal God.

Tomorrow my husband will hand to each of the members of his class something for which many of them have been searching. Do you need one too?

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julie wood11/30/06
I loved the opening line of this story, as well as its title...both "Snip. Snip. Snip" and "Tu-it. Do-it" really drew me in! I could see the falling brown paper circles!
Donna Powers 12/02/06
Cute story and a great lesson. I could see the scene clearly. Great job.
Debbie Sickler12/04/06
I loved the paragraph with the explanation for your husband's illustration. What a great message!
Joanne Sher 12/04/06
I love how you wove your husband's lesson and your task together. It was all very seemless and motivating. Great job!
Jan Ackerson 12/04/06
Your repeated words and phrases were very effective here, and your voice pleasant and readable. Great job!
Jen Davis12/04/06
I was drawn in by the conversational tone of this piece. The story continued to flow smoothly and illustrated your message very well. Thanks for the reminder.
terri tiffany12/04/06
Wonderful devotional - yet as someone else mentioned - it is done on such a good personal tone. Made me feel as though I were right there. I liked the title best and how you incorporated it into the story. I also liked how you wove her thougts between the physical task she was doing. Nice work!:)
Debbie OConnor12/05/06
Nice message. I could see it unfold as you worked.
Jan Ackerson 12/05/06
I "got it," (I think) because I've seen those little "round tu-it" thingys before. I guess I assumed everyone has...and it's why I liked this piece so much (and still do)!
Marilee Alvey12/05/06
I enjoyed reading your story. At this season of year and season of my life, I feel the prodding of my conscience, as well. Thank you for the reminder!
Shanti Singh12/05/06
I got it, too. :) I need to walk around with a pocket full of round tuits. Do you have any extras? (Thanks for sharing this delightful story!)
Amy Michelle Wiley 12/06/06
I was gonna commment on your story before, but I never got around to it.

LOL! Sorry, couldn't help it. ;-) Great job!
william price12/06/06
Super job, Donna! Your writing is so smooth and personable. I really enjoyed it, as I always do when i read your stuff. God bless.
Sara Harricharan 12/06/06
Great title and good job with this. An enjoyable read, I liked how you wove the 'lesson' into the 'story'. :)
Cheri Hardaway 12/06/06
I got it! I got it! The little round tu-it reminds you to DO IT NOW; don't wait! Very clever and well written. Nice job! Blessings, Cheri