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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: White (10/29/09)

TITLE: What Do I Do Now?
By Craig Lankford
11/01/09


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In our picture perfect, politically correct world, we are told there is now no longer black, white, yellow, red or any other racial color. Yet, beyond the sphere of political correctness, beyond any reference to race, I know there is both black and white, and only black and white. What is lacking is gray. There are no polka dots, stripes or curly cues, not even paisley, just black and white. This realization is rather weird to me. It is actually alien and uncomfortable as well.

I know this sounds odd, no color? Spiritually, yes. How do I know? I just had a paradigm shift. To borrow from a former Middle East despot, the Mother of All Shifts. This all took me by complete surprise. I was not prepared for it. Can you ever truly be prepared for it? This whole "Christian" thing. I can't say I really get it . . . and yet I do, sort of.

This conundrum started so innocuously. I was simply talking to one of my buddies, making jokes about churches, any church. He laughed a bit and then, all of a sudden, we were talking about Jesus. I was caught flat footed and unprepared. One moment I was living in my own little world of blackness, enjoying all the "colors" of life around me, not even realizing there was a true white out there. The next moment, I was confronted by the sheer blackness of my sin nature, and by the overwhelming white purity of Him. How could I feel so insignificant, small, worthless and . . . wrong? And how could He care . . . about me? Having seen the contrast, I had to choose. With hope, with faith, I chose.

I know there is black because I was black; black on the inside, black through and through. I lived in a darkness that concealed how black I was. I was comfortable there. The darkness hid my true nature from me. It could cover up everything except His Light. Yet, once His Light burst forth, there was nothing which could contain it.

I was black, and now I'm white. In fact, I am whiter than snow. It feels wonderful . . . and perplexing. What is next? How do I "be" a Christian? My friend says I should do what is right, and by doing, I will become what I need to be. I am to follow Him. How?

What do I do now?


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Carol Penhorwood 11/05/09
Wonderful writing! I especially love:

"The darkness hid my true nature from me. It could cover up everything except His light. Yet, once His light burst forth, there was nothing which could contain it."

Profoundly true!
Esther Gellert11/06/09
Wow! What a wonderful description of the greatest discovery we can make. I love your take on this topic.