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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: A Mother's Love
By Marie McKay
07/23/07


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I learned about embarrassment when I was in elementary school. My neighbor, Rita, and I walked to school and back each day. One afternoon we were late coming home. Those were the days parents didnít call the police when a child was a little late. Rita didnít stop to play that day because we were already late. Instead she went home and when I walked in the house, my mother asked me why I was late. I calmly told her Rita had to stay after school and I waited for her.

A day or two later Rita and I were playing when I heard my mother say, ďRita, why did you have to stay after school?Ē Immediately, I tucked my head knowing that I was turning red and feeling very much like a traitor to my best friend. Rita explained to my mother that she was not the one who had to stay after school. Of course, the story all came out then. I was the one who was being punished for not completing the work I had been assigned. Interestingly enough, that was all that was said. I think my mother realized I had received my punishment by being embarrassed. She did let me know later she was disappointed that I had not told the truth.

Through the years I have thought of that incident and how much it impressed on me that the truth is much better than being deceitful. It was also a lesson in forgiveness. Rita forgave me and we stayed good friends. My mother in her loving way spared me further embarrassment in front of my friend.

Life is a series of incidents where we can learn many lessons. God is like my mother. He realizes we sometimes embarrass ourselves in order to learn our lessons but immediately forgives us - sometimes when we donít even ask


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Dee Yoder 07/27/07
Very good devotional and it's to the point! Your characters came across well, and you didn't even use all your allotted words!
william price07/27/07
Would have liked to have read more, but you effectively ministered your message. Nice job. God bless.
Joy Faire Stewart08/01/07
These are the kind of lessons we do not forget. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person. Excellent message.
Phyllis Inniss 08/02/07
Short and to the point. You conveyed your message well in just a few words. To me that is always a plus.