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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)

TITLE: Be the Instrument
By Donna Powers


Good afternoon, telephones. I want to take this opportunity to speak to you all before you are sent to your various distribution centers. Youíve all been assembled by experts in this factory and now youíre going to be sent to many different places. Itís time I told you a bit about your destiny.

Each of you has a destiny; a purpose for which you are created. Although you all have basically the same parts and capabilities, you will be used by many different kinds of people, for many different types of reasons. You all have the capacity to send and receive communications, yet you have no control over what kind of communications these might be - or how they might be received by the people to which they are sent.

You may be the lifeline for an elderly woman who hardly ever hears from her family. She may be lonely and too frail to reach out for help in her own community, and your ring may bring her comfort or even get her the help she needs. You may be a way to spread gossip for two giggling teenage girls, or to spread the news about a new student in class. You may be part of a prayer chain, where a church tells each of its members about one of the body who needs prayer and support. You may be a lifeline for an addict who is reaching out for the person who can help guide him through the next hour without using drugs. You could be the information line for a library or medical hotline.

Some of you may end up as fax machines, and never hear any noises except the scream of the computer, as documents are sent from one place to another. Some of you may have message boxes, which fill all day with the grumbling voices of creditors, because your owners are struggling with debt. Some of you may never rest during the day; as a fast-talking salesperson delivers their practiced pitches to customer after customer. Some of you may hear the gruff, whispered voices of illegal transactions and cringe at the way you are used to further the causes of evil. Some of you may be pay phones, and have a different destiny every few minutes. Some of you may connect sweethearts. Some may connect friends, and some may reunite enemies.

My point is that you canít choose. Your destiny isnít in your own hands. You are an instrument to be used by the person who purchases you. This may seem unfair, but think of it this way: even the human beings who purchase you are subject to destiny, just as you are. They may think their lives are their own to direct and control, but in reality they are mere instruments; with as varied a destiny as any of us. Any of them can find themselves at the mercy of lifeís twists and turns at any time; and they may feel powerless to change it. So what do they do? If they are smart, they trust the One Who frames their destiny, and they ask Him to give them guidance and show them the way.

As you prepare for your own destiny, I can only encourage you to be as the humans you serve. Be an instrument, available for their use. If these humans are able to trust the Master of their Destiny, can you do any less?

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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/08
This is an excellent analogy of the telephone to the Christian to be an instrument used by the Lord.
Linda Grigg07/24/08
Interesting angle. A simpler form of this, with illustrations, would be a great children's book, teaching them they have a purpose in life and to trust in God.
Joy Faire Stewart07/31/08
Donna, congratulations on your EC. Excellent message and great details.
Helen Dowd07/31/08
Very good! And very unique. I loved the way you gave a message to the telephone, but at the same time you were giving a message to people too. How important it is for us to know that we are channels, and that we have a different message or function for different people in our lives...Very well presented. Congratulations on your second place win....Helen
Catrina Bradley 07/31/08
This reminds me of 1 Corinthians, where Paul talks about the Body having many parts with many purposes. I really like it - very creative. Congratulations on your win!!
Patricia Turner07/31/08
This was so inventive and I agree it could be turned into a good children's book! Congratulations on your EC win!