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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)

TITLE: Denominations Aside
By Michael Joshua



Her name meant "Rosebud."

A small wisp of a woman, some reports say she was 4'9" and some say 4'10". In this case, I doubt that one inch either way matters much.

She served as others only talk of serving.

In 1950, she started with a group of 30 – today there are over 4,000 serving in the manner in which she taught them. Caring for those with AIDS, refugees, the blind, aged, impoverished and starving, both children and adults, was her calling.

Denominations aside. A Baptist could do this. A Christian is called to do this.

How can any find fault with what she brought to those in need?

But some did.

Some thought she should do her work and leave God out of it. But she could not and did not place God at the threshold. He was the center of her work and she made that clear. Whether they did or did not accept God was optional – but that they knew she was called by God to do what she did – that was imperative.

Some thought she should not mention contraception. Keep her opinions out of her service. But to "Rosebud" these were not opinions, they were God-given concepts that were non-negotiable.

Regardless, she lived to serve.

Denominations aside. A Lutheran could do this. A Christian is called to do this.

Poverty was an opportunity: an opportunity to give the glory to God when those who lived an impoverished existence were served.

"The poor will always be with you," Jesus said. Knowing this tells us that we will always have someone in need with us – someone that we may show the Love of a Savior.

We will always be able to show the Love of Jesus to a group who needs to see the Love.

"Rosebud" did just that. One person at a time, one person after another – regardless of their beliefs, their status in the community, their ability to repay or pay homage to her because she served them.

Unselfish love.

Denominations aside. A Methodist could do this. A Christian is called to do this.

It matters not where the poor are physically, emotionally or spiritually.

It matters – the heart of "Rosebud."


Service without compensation, without request for attention to herself – although the attention was unavoidable.

We all knew her.

Denominations aside. A Catholic could do this. A Christian is called to do this.

When she entered Heaven.

"Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Mother Teresa entered Heaven to be with the Savior she served.


I imagine God said, "Outstanding."

A Christian did this. A Christ-follower did this.

Denominations aside.


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Leola Ogle 04/28/11
You have superb writing skills and the ability to compel people with your story. I always admired Mother Theresa and she was indeed OUTSTANDING! God bless!
Linda Goergen04/29/11
Loved the presentation, how it just pulls you in and then slaps you with the powerful message…her life mission, giving hope, showing the power of love, IS part of the mission of the Church…no matter the denomination!

She was indeed outstanding, and in a way that is a shame, for her actions should have been unexceptional because her kind of love should be the ordinary way to be!
Theresa Santy 04/30/11
I agree. Mother Teresa was indeed outstanding. And so was this piece.
Sharlyn Guthrie05/01/11
Great job! I like the thread you wove throughout the piece "Denominations aside..."
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/02/11
I always admired this selfless woman, and I love the way you presented her.This is excellent writing. Indeed, you illustrated so well--denominations aside.
Noel Mitaxa 05/03/11
This is a beautifully cont-structed tribute. I hope you rate well.
Beth LaBuff 05/03/11
Your repeating line made this so powerful and your message so relevant. I so appreciate the "denominations aside" Great work!!
Debra Hindman05/05/11
Congratuations on your EC placing! Loved reading your story...
Patricia Protzman05/05/11
Congratulations on your wins.
Noel Mitaxa 05/05/11
Well done for your third placing.
Kim Hamlin05/12/11
Congratulations Michael, love the topic and love the chipping away of our man-made religions that separate us. Thank you!