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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)

TITLE: I'm Thinking Jesus
By Kristi Sands


My Arby’s combo meal offered false hope today. I had nearly finished my Arby-Q sandwich and homestyle fries when I noticed the slogan plastered across my paper cup. Its blue banner with simple, white letters contained a single statement that I’m sure I could contest.

“Happiness is just a curly fry away.”

Seriously? Then why didn’t happiness come flooding into my life as I chomped into that first fry? Why am I – as I’m throwing away my crinkled wrapper and empty fry box – still feeling the same as I was when I first ordered a number 8 with a Dr. Pepper.

If happiness is just a curly fry away, then what am I doing just standing here? Why not order a box for everyone (5 for $5.95) and spread the joy?

Because it doesn’t work that way. Happiness can’t be purchased. Happiness can’t be acquired in a few moments time. Happiness has nothing to do with material objects, people, or curly fries.

Yet we often see happiness as a necessity. It’s written in the Declaration of Independence as one of our unalienable rights – “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” We’re looking for it, pursuing it, checking under every nook and cranny - in every activity, every possession, every relationship. We’re on a happiness hunt.

And it’s hopeless.

Might I suggest an alternative? Pursue God, not happiness. Look to your Creator not to your curly fry.

If I’m looking for God – in every situation, every relationship, every nook and cranny of my life – then somewhere amidst it all, happiness will find me. It will come simultaneously with the pursuit of Christ, with a mind set on eternity, with a heart offered unto God and others.

“That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:13, NIV)

Happiness is a gift from God – not a right, not a product, not a side dish. It cannot be found in places that He didn’t put it. So empty your fry container, consume your Happy Meals, and chase your dreams, but when it comes to finding happiness… think Jesus.

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Kelly Klepfer06/14/07
Nice devotion.

Great tie-in to the normal things of life.
Sheri Gordon06/14/07
Good devotional that would appeal to teens. It reads like something a teen would "get." (And I love Arby's -- which makes me partial to your story.) Good job.
Dee Yoder 06/19/07
This devotional is perfect for teens and I enjoyed it, too! It's not too serious, but it has a deep message and the tone is friendly, not condemning. Good writing!
Trevas Walker06/20/07
This is a very well written devotional, great job.
Brenda Welc06/20/07
This should be in a teen devotional book! Great messages to teens everywhere. Who knew a fry box could inspire one to write for Him?
Kristen Hester06/20/07
I loved your intro! Maybe because it's lunch time, but it really got my attention. Great devotional for a teen! Way to go.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/20/07
This is a very good teen devotion. Your lead-in with the fry is a great way to get attention.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/20/07
Excellant teen devotional. Right pace, right length. Right lesson.
T. F. Chezum06/21/07
Great devotional. Very well written. Great job.