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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: Forrest Gump
By Ed VanDeMark
06/05/09


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Forrest Gump


The purpose of full is empty. We fill the glass so we can empty it. We fill the gas tank so we can drive off and empty it. The reward for filling something is having the privilege of emptying it. We save money so we can spend it. We haul a sled up a hill so we can have the fun of sliding down the hill. We have more fun if we go all the way to the top than the guy who only goes up part way.

It is a rare person who fills anything for the sheer delight of having a full thing. We spend our youth getting an education so we can spend a life time enjoying the fruits of that education. President Reagan said something to the effect, “Good will has no value unless you spend it.”

God gives us talents and spiritual gifts so we can give them away. Unlike the human principal, however that says if you spend something it’s gone, in God’s economy the more you spend the more you have. The tithe works in the same way in God’s world. We are unable to out spend God’s ability to restore. We are perpetually full and find no end in our ability to enjoy trying to empty ourselves. Mankind has sought the perpetual motion machine and it is at our finger tips.

I know this sounds like a sermon rather than a story. To discover the story in this message apply your imagination. Then try out the principal and see if God exceeds even your wildest dream. If the purpose of full is indeed found in the enjoyment of trying to empty yourself, I contend you’re in for the ride of a life time and a story that will exceed legend.

If on the other hand you try to hoard your talents, gifts and monetary resources you’ll lose out on all the rewards that come with the process of becoming empty, and these words will remain a sermon.

Full and empty are not opposites but either end of a process. Life is a process. Life is either a tragedy or a story with a happy ending. It depends on the choices you make.

Now just for fun, go out and rent the movie “Forrest Gump.” Life is a box of chocolates.


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Beth LaBuff 06/13/09
I had to smile at your "The purpose of full is empty" philosophy…and I think you're right. :) Then I like how you furthered the concept to talents and spiritual gifts. I smiled at the "box of chocolates" in your conclusion. :)
Gregory Kane06/14/09
A lot of perceptive folk wisdom here. I particularly liked the quote from Reagan. I felt however that the story lacked a personal touch - perhaps if you had included an anecdote from your own life rather that inviting the reader to use his imagination, it might have had a bit more punch. Something to mull over. Bless you.