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Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)
TITLE: Some Changes
By Allison Egley
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As the day wore on, however, doubts began to fill Chris' mind. Was he really ready? Had he made all the proper preparations? What if something went wrong? <i>Everyone else is doing it,</i> he reassured himself. But yet again, that nagging voice spoke to him again. Something about friends jumping off a bridge.
Chris once more convinced himself the time was right. He pulled himself to his feet. He could do this.... Or, maybe not, he thought, as he sat down once again, defeated.
He tried to put his finger on what exactly was stopping him. Was it fear? Probably. But of what? The unknown? Knowing he couldn't turn back? Knowing that this decision could very well impact the rest of his life? Or was it something a bit simpler? Maybe he just wasn't ready. He was comfortable the way things were. Maybe Chris was just stuck in a rut. He didn't like change. No, he did like <i>some</i> changes, he reminded himself. Maybe this would be one of those good changes.
<i>Everyone else does it.</i> Maybe he didn't want to be like everyone else. Maybe he wanted to be different. <i>Besides, it's just too hard,</i> Chris thought, as he remembered the times he had tried and failed. And he wasn't feeling too well either, he reasoned.
Chris wrestled with the decision all day. Doubts kept flying at him like arrows from all sides. But the encouragements acted as a shield to deflect those arrows. So what if he was a little bit scared? Sometimes it's okay to follow the crowd. And if he failed again this time, he'd just try again some other day.
Chris stood up. <i>Steady now, steady. You can do it.</i> And with one final encouragement, Chris let go of the coffee table and took his first feeble steps towards his mother's arms, as she swept him up in a bear hug. "Yes! I did it!" Chris yelled. But all his mom and dad heard was a happy giggle.
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