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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)

TITLE: You Have Not Because You Ask Not


Betty was a born-again Christian and had been for years. She felt comfortable with her views on religion and Jesus and for the most part, satisfied with her beliefs. But like some Christians, there was a part of her deep inside that longed for more. Even though her job gave her satisfaction, she longed for something she couldn’t describe.

Working as a secretary for Global News in Ohio, she found the work enjoyable and interesting but at times, tedious and routine. Having worked there as secretary for Ted Urbin for ten years, she was thinking about leaving Global and finding work elsewhere. Mr. Urbin, was a fair and decent manager but she longed for something more fulfilling.

And so it was on a cold but bright sunny day in April that Betty began seeking work as a newspaper reporter. Her online Journalism courses that she completed two years ago gave her the confidence she needed to try something different and hopefully more fulfilling and challenging.

Her appointment at News Capital on Fourth Street was at nine and she arrived fifteen minutes earlier. The secretary, Melinda Curry greeted her and led her into the office of Mr. Greenhorn. As she sat down, one of the first things she noticed were the many awards that lined Greenhorn’s desk. He had seven awards and all of them were for publishing excellence as manager of News Capitol. They were impressive and inspiring.

Mr. Greenhorn was a tall man with a thin build, dressed in a gray suit with graying and receding hair. His smile was thin but gracious.

“Good morning Miss Whitehall. Thank you for coming. I see here that you’re applying for the open position of Reporter Staff Journalist. Do you know what this position entails?”

“Yes, I read the qualifications for the job and I feel that I can meet and exceed what you’re looking for.”

“How much experience do you have working as a reporter? I don’t see any working experience on your application.”

“I have no working experience in this area but I have been an excellent secretary for Global News and have successfully completed two years of online journalism from Liberty University.”

“That’s all well and good but in this business, experience is required and needed because the pace is fast, one has to be speedy, efficient and ready to take on any and all assignments that come your way.”

“Well all I can say is that I’m a hard worker, my work ethics and past performance are great—you can check on that—and I’m ready to work anytime.!”

“I like your confidence. So I’m inclined to give you a try! Fill out the forms my secretary will give you and then begin work on Thursday. Mind you, it will be trial period—about two months and then we’ll see where we’re at.”

“Thank you, Mr. Greenhorn. You won’t regret it.”

Betty began work on Thursday and was given help from Sheila, a worker who had been employed by Greenhorn’s company for twelve years. Betty found the work fascinating and challenging and was beginning to think that it would work out but about a month into it, after not doing well on several assignments, she was worried that the job wouldn’t work.

In desperation, she turned to prayer and Bible reading. It was when she turned to the passage, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you,” that she began to feel confident and calm.

She was doing all the right things but she found that she was not keeping God first in her heart. She prayed, “Lord God, forgive me. I’ve been working hard and doing well but I have often put you last on my list when I needed help. Show me the way, Lord. Help me with my job but most of all let me first seek your kingdom and your love…”

It didn’t happen right away but soon she found a peace and direction that guided her in every aspect of her life. Not only was her work going better but her relationships with others were more fulfilling and her health –inside and out—was better than ever.

Later she recalled Christ’s passionate words, “You have not because you ask not.”

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Bryan Ridenour03/19/09
A super reminder for us to keep Christ first in EVERYTHING! Nice entry!
Glenda Lagerstedt03/22/09
A most timely reminder for all of us that we need the Master to lead us instead of moving in our own wisdom and strength. Great point made here. Keep writing.