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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Anger (01/24/05)

TITLE: Divine Discontent
By george elerick
01/30/05


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An old car breaks down on the side of road and you kick it out of discontent. As you dial your cell-phone, you realize you have no reception and now you are alone with cactus and the prickly thoughts that leave you more than secluded with this stewing anger that resides much deeper than with your defunct vehicle.

Somewhere on the side of a road, a man dies. The cause of his death is more than lack of food, it is lack of love, and a bowl of neglect handed down to him daily.

And we, we get angry about a car, something that will burn away with the all consuming fire that God is. (Hebrews 11:29)

Another frustrating day at work seems to more than just pepper your outlook for the next coming week. This past week has left you jaded because your boss did not give the vacation you requested and forced you to stay late, and on top of that, gave you more work that you don't deserve. Somewhere, your heart begans to go numb.

Somewhere two little hearts become solid as an oak tree in the Yosemite.
Their parents have left them on some distant side called neglect, and the words "I love you!" have lost all meaning. Cynicism becomes a long lost friend to those who are long lost in the oblivion of neglect.

THEME: The prophet Isaiah was one who fought for justice. He was angry about the injustice that went on around him and he did something about it. We lack this passion. We are angry about the smallest thing, things that hold no eternal value whatsoever. So, do pose the same thought that Christ posed through a question: Where is your heart? What does it value? "Where your treasure is there your heart is also"

Be angry about those less fortunate, about those who are unjustly placed into unfortunate situations, love your children beyond your own capacity. This comes through surrender, if we surrender to God and His Spirit, we have less of a tendency to neglect the true things of value. It's your move!!


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Lynda Lee Schab 01/31/05
You make an excellent point. As Christians, we should get angry about worldy things but we have become much too complacent. I will say that though the content is good, a little tightening up, and connecting your points more clearly might help it flow a little more smoothly. Just my humble opinion. Overall, good job.
Blessings, Lynda
Deborah Anderson01/31/05
You definitely made some good points here. God bless you.
Karen Deikun02/01/05
Good - and thought provoking. You built your argument well by putting the petty next to the important.
Linda Germain 02/02/05
Very good points, well taken.