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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: "Silence Is Golden"
By Frank Salerni


“Silence is Golden”

The words that Agnes spoke came fourth as fire, almost as if they were selectively chosen and then dipped in poison. Each and every word was without provocation, and they increased in intensity and spoke of malice. Why would she ever conceive such a devious plan?

I stopped and prayed, having been in this situation before.

“Dear Lord, I want to lash out and hurt back. I want to let this person know that my family and I regard these allegations as a direct attack against our character. My children will suffer at the hands of an individual bent on our destruction. My flesh is raised like a mother bear ready to protect her cubs. My thoughts are not kind toward her, and my heart is cold with animosity. Please be my intercessor.”

That being said, Brian wept.

He knew that he had the proof of innocents. He could have lashed out and destroyed her verbal intent to cause harm, and it would all come to an end, but he waited for guidance from his Master.

Then God spoke:

“Brian, I know your ways. I know your work. I know the intent of your heart. Stand therefore, take action by not saying a word, I will bring all your concern to nothing.”

Brian sighed, and walked down a leaf-blown path trying to calm himself, and he wiped the tears from his eyes.

“I knew You were going to say something like that… I thank You for Your wisdom, and submit to Your authority.”

Within his soul he knew that God was his avenger, but still his stomach ached wanting it’s pound of flesh.

He gathered his thoughts as he strolled down the path he called, “Righteousness.” He would often go there when he needed to seek God

To Brian these walks were like taking a deep breath before diving headlong into a pool of potential sin… but it wasn’t always like that.

There was a time when his tongue would have torn someone into pieces. The nerve of anyone that would, for evils sake, take him on, or worse, his own. His wife and children were precious to him, and no one was going to cause them undo pain. He remembered several events where he took matters into his own hands.

He thought about those in his past like, Thomas Cain, Tony Terrino, Sheldon Watkins, and Margery Hamilton. They all tested Brian, but the one that broke the pattern of his hate and anger will be left nameless.

His rival, once friend, now dead advisory, brought an allegation against his family. He never prayed, or even thought for a moment that this person was in need. Instead, he went to his home, grabbed him by the throat, and screamed into his face in the presence of his wife and children, all because of the jealous motive of wanting Brian’s hard earned promotion.

Later, that night… his friend committed suicide.

Brian discovered that it really wasn’t the promotion his friend desired, but the financial gain of five hundred dollars per month.

It was the money, and it was needed to cover his wife’s ongoing cancer treatments. The stress proved too much for him and he later that evening he took his own life. Brian thought he would never get over his looming guilt, but that was before he learned that Christ needed to come first.

What Brian found was that God cared more about his family than he did. He was always faithful even when Brian was faithless. Jesus not only fought his battles, but also won them… in His time. He learned to control his emotions, and to be honest with his feelings. God never tossed his anger into his face, but comforted him with His word.
“Be angry, and do not sin, don’t let the sun go down on your wrath.” Ephesians 4:26 NKJV
Brian knew that God would take care of all the Agnes’s in his life, so he could now pray for her deliverance. He remembered that Jesus often stood silent, but when He spoke it was always with complete control.

…Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”
Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”
John 19:10-11 NKJV

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LauraLee Shaw02/21/08
I love the two contrasts presented here. The one you learned the hard way, and the one you failed before. If you could find a good 'proofing buddy' to polish out the rough spots, punctuation & capitalization, it would make this great piece even better. Well done on demonstrating the topic! :)
Jan Ackerson 02/23/08
Your message really shone through here, and your main character really exemplifies grace.

A few rough edges: you used "fourth" for "forth", and "it's" for "its." And although you started out in 1st person ("I"), you switched to 3rd person ("Brian").

I love the tender, open relationship depicted between your main character and God.