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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Hope Without Hindrance
By Cherry Bieber


It really did seem an “out there flappin’” idea, or, “outlandish,” as my sister had called it when I shared my plan. I had very few encouragers, but no lack of those who were happy to buffet me. But later, as I sat alone on the edge of the stage, looking out at the 300 empty chairs, I could still see it, hear it, feel it, and taste it even though it was over and everyone had gone. I remember the first time I’d read the Scripture, Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” It was among the few Scriptures that I really felt I had a grasp on. Now I understood how necessary it is to first be able to envision an endeavor before embarking on it. Let me take you back in time a bit and share with you my sweet story.

After years of blogging, I awakened one morning and felt a deep sense of futility. “There is nothing said or written that hasn’t been said or written before,” I sighed aloud. I had always written with the purpose and intent to bring something of importance to a dying world, but now had this sense of having nothing to say that the world cared to hear. I felt empty, blank, and stale. This went on for two days until I suddenly realized what it was I wanted to do…something I had longed to do for many years. I went online, deleted all of the content from my old blog, and started a new one. The purpose of this blog would be to address what had always been the deepest passion of my heart…the fight against abortion and euthanasia. And so I began with much energy, excitement, and hope.

Two months down this new path, I was excitedly sharing with my daughter the almost immediate success of the outreach of my new blog. She listened with the care that she always did when I shared about things I was writing. When I was done sharing the most recent news, she said something that made a great impact on me. She said, “Mom, this is all so wonderful! I know how passionate your heart has always been on these issues. But Mom, I also know that you need to be cautious about balance. Don’t forget to celebrate life in the midst of fighting against the injustice of abortion and euthanasia.”

Because she is such a sweet, Loving person and has always known my heart so well, I have always carefully considered what she said at times like this. I went to bed that night with her words rolling around in my head. When I awakened, a wonderful idea had been born. I had recently attended one of our home school events during which the children performed music, skits, poetry, etc. I had been awed by nine of the children in our group who are especially gifted musically. Pondering this, I realized how I was going to celebrate life! I was going to approach these nine children about performing a benefit for our local pregnancy care center! With excitement, we all worked together over the next several months preparing for the event.

When the scheduled evening arrived and I stood backstage with the students, my eyes filled with tears. The young ladies were dressed in beautiful long dresses and the young men wore slacks, button-down shirts, and ties. They were eleven to nineteen in age and the very best of the best in the gifts God had given them. I looked upon each one as a mother would look upon her own children (one of them actually being my child). I was proud that they were willing to give of their gifts to contribute to such a worthy cause as that of protecting unborn life. We held hands, bowed our heads, and prayed together. I then told them that it didn’t matter if our audience was fifteen or fifteen hundred because those present were the ones God called.

As the curtains were drawn back, I scarce believed my eyes. The church was packed to capacity and probably beyond! Those who cared had come and they were many. Efforts to protect the unborn were supported. Life was celebrated. All of heaven rejoiced.

Much time has passed since this truly life-changing event and I just keep on dreaming big. You won’t believe me when I tell you the “outlandish” vision the Lord is stirring in my heart now…

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Leola Ogle 05/27/11
Loved the passion and drive of your MC to do such a good work. Thanks for sharing. We need more dedicated people like your MC. God bless!
Leola Ogle 05/27/11
Loved the passion and drive of your MC to do such a good work. Thanks for sharing. We need more dedicated people like your MC. God bless!
Linda Goergen05/28/11
Your MC shows the kind of outlandish behavior the world needs more of! I hope whatever outlandish vision the Lord is stirring in your MC next, is an even a greater success! I too detest abortion and euthanasia and enjoyed the read!
Lisa Fowler05/28/11
I think God loves it when we dream big - Thanks for sharing.
Cheryl von Drehle05/31/11
a compelling story about seeking and acting on one's vision...very nicely done.
Noel Mitaxa 06/01/11
It's exciting to dream dreams that are big enough for God to bring about results that reach beyond our ability ot control them. Great picture, and solid advice to celebrate as well as to protest.