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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)

TITLE: Jean, Life Cycle and Encouragment
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11/13/07


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Jean was discouraged. The last two years of her life had been unkind, hard and challenging and she didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

Her husband had been ill for months, her own health had been precarious with bouts of the flu and colds that never ended and her secretarial work at Writing International, had been routine and monotonous for more days than she could count.

One day while shopping at her favorite retail store on a cold, November day, she was looking for something bright and cheerful to wear. She was feeling good because she finally found a nice pair of pants and a lovely blouse and was now ready to pay for her items..

As her turn at the cashier’s drew near, she saw that the clerk was an older woman, short in stature, with gray hair and a lovely and open smile. The clerk began adding up her items and then asked, “Are you a senior?”

Stunned, Jean looked at her for several seconds before replying and then said,” Why, yes I am. Is something wrong?”

“Oh no! just wanted to ask because on Tuesdays we offer a 15% discount to seniors. I wasn’t sure if you were old enough to be a senior, but thought I would ask.”

“Oh, I see." Jean’s surprise turned into happiness, knowing that she would receive a discount on what she bought and that the woman acted as if she couldn’t tell her age.

Then the clerk replied, “Well, at least there are some benefits to getting older, aren’t there?”

Jean paused again and then replied, “Yes, that’s true; it does help.”

Then the clerk said something Jean would never forget…

“It’s just the cycle of life, isn’t it? Getting older? Just our time to be a senior.”

Time to be a senior, Jean thought. “What a wonderful way of looking at life,” she thought. With added encouragement, Jean walked out of the store with a lighter feeling in her heart and soul.

From that day on she never felt the same about aging. Getting older wasn’t so bad with the many discounts available, good food that can be prepared, being with someone you love or just enjoying God’s wonderful creations.

For in truth, when you think about it, life is a cycle of beginnings and endings, a wonderful circle of events that go so much better and smoother when the Creator is on hand...Don't you think?


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Beth LaBuff 11/17/07
Don't you just love it when people think we're younger than we are? :) It's amazing that even a small comment can encourage and brighten someone's day. I like your reference to the creator at the end (the best is yet to come). :) Nice writing!
Joanne Sher 11/17/07
A lovely message and story. Enjoyed this.
Laury Hubrich 11/21/07
Thank you for sharing this with us. It was unique. It's good to be reminded that it's okay to get old:) Good job!
Laury