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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: "Friends" ... The Choice Is Yours
By Sylvia Hensel


I’ve had a lot of “friends” over the years, I can’t say I liked any of them, but I couldn’t seem, to shake them loose. They insisted on going with me everywhere I went. I got to know them well, too well. It’s said, familiarity breeds contempt and I found them to be contemptible alright, but they made me who I was. They molded me into someone I didn’t even like.

We played a game called “Havoc” and the prize was my life. It was a game which I always managed to loose. It would have taken Self-Control to help me, but we weren’t friends then. I do remember my very first “friend”, however. Her name was Rejection. She was there when I was born. She took me for her very own and nurtured me through my first five years and then turned me over to Insecurity. Now I had two friends. They worked well together in those formidable years to mold me into what I became. They had laid a firm foundation to base the rest of my life on, or so they thought.

As I grew older, Anger and I became very close. It seemed every time I turned around a new “friend” came alongside of me. There was Resentment, Bitterness, Fear, and my very closest “friends”, Jealousy and Envy. Lying stepped in and out of my life as needed, but I wouldn’t let him hang around much. Each one played an intricate part in my life, but none like Rejection and Insecurity. Because of their influence in my life, I did whatever it took just to feel good about myself and to be accepted. They introduced me to People Pleaser. He showed me the ropes. Another whole host of “friends” entered the picture, including the love of my life, Promiscuousness. He was never boring, for he was able to take so many different forms. During my teen years, he made himself somewhat discreet. However, when I was older, he became much bolder. We had a long, serious relationship, but there came a time where I could no longer tolerate him, or any of my other “friends”. They had awakened in me Shame and Disgust.

I was on a downward spiral. My “friends” were sucking the life from me. I stopped dead in my tracks. I had had enough! I was through with my old friends. They were real losers. Something had to change. I knew I needed new “friends” and I was determined to find them.

The sincere desire of my heart was to change and because of this, Brokenness made himself known to me. It turned out he was the key to opening the doors to the Kingdom. Humility escorted me through the gates and Jesus welcomed me with open arms. Immediately, He became my new best friend. He took my hand and we walked down the path paved by the prayers of the saints. As we walked, we came across His friend John. I really like him. I stayed with him for a long time as he taught me a lot about my Jesus and then he brought me to Mathew, Mark and Luke. Eventually, I met Peter, Paul, Timothy and a whole host of other new friends. I learned so much from them. They encouraged me to meet the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, also, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and so many more, and I mustn’t forget Ruth and Esther. They all become friends of mine.

We meet often and I have gotten to know them intimately. I’ve now joined their Army. We call ourselves Christians and our leader is Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us. All you need to do is be willing to rid yourself of your old “friends” and ask Sincerity, Brokenness and Humility to sponsor you. You then need to take the oath: Repeat after me, “Dear Jesus, thank You for forgiving me all my sins. I ask you to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Help me to live for you from now on. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen”. Now that you have met the above requirement, your name is written in the registry, it’s called The Book of Life.

We want this to be a life long commitment for you, so to help you along the way, let me introduce you to my friend John.

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Holly Westefeld02/07/08
Very creative! I like this take on the topic.
Joanne Sher 02/07/08
Very creative - a good allegory. Nice writing.
Dee Yoder 02/07/08
So many "friends" we keep are out to get us in the end! I like the way you brought this analogy around to the true friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Charla Diehl 02/07/08
Very creative, thought provoking and interesting way to deal with the topic. I liked this--thumbs up to you.
K. J. Cash02/10/08
Brilliant way to address the topic!
Lynda Schultz 02/11/08
Yes, I like the way you handled this.
Sheri Gordon02/14/08
Congratulations on your EC. Way to go.
Karen Wilber02/14/08
Beautiful. Congrats on EC.
william price02/14/08
Sylvia, Great job. Congrats on EC!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/14/08
Nice job, and very creative! Congratulations!
Denise Pienaar02/15/08
Wow! Wow! And wow again! This is truly excellent. Congratulations on you first place win.
Debbie Wistrom02/15/08
This is one of the most heart wrentching pieces that I have read on FW. Thanks for bringing this message home and by all means, CONGRATULATIONS!
Clyde Blakely02/18/08
Wonderful use of the topic in relating to finding Jesus as your Friend. Congratulations and thank you for your comment on "Dreamer", I could not email you back, however. God bless and keep writing.