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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: Just One
By Leslie Schonfeld
08/10/11


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Bursting through the front door, ten year old Lily rushed to her mother. “Look what I rescued!” Her eyes danced as she thrust an injured bird toward her mother’s face.

“Sweet girl, you cannot continue to bring home every forlorn critter you find.”

“But Mom,” she protested, “it’s just one. AND he needs me!”

Her Mom smiled and replied, “With you, it is never just one. Find a shoe box and we’ll see what we can do.”



Spirited Lily bounded into the room. Words rushed from her mouth. “Mom, I need to tell you something. Middle School is hard right? You told me to be careful who I spent time with ‘cause kids can be mean. I, uh, decided to hangout with Savannah anyway. You need to know she does swear, or at least she used to. But Mom, she’s just one and she needed a friend.”

Startled and amused her Mom answered “I guess then I better meet her. Sweet girl, I’m proud of you.”



Rushing through the door, Lily yelled, “Mom! Mom! Savannah and I want to go to Nicaragua.”

“Sweet girl, why on earth would two seventeen year olds want to do that?”

“It’s a youth group mission trip. Come on Mom, it’s just one! We’ll help people. Pleeeease.”

Her Mom shook her head “I don’t doubt that for a minute, give me the details?”



Answering the phone, she was delighted to hear Lily’s familiar voice. “Mom, it opens tomorrow. I know it’s just one, but we will impact our community.”

“Sweet girl, do you want my help? Running your own soup kitchen can’t be easy.”

Lily replied “Just this once Mom. I want you there to see the dream fulfilled. And Mom, thanks for always believing in me.”


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Linda Goergen08/13/11
I enjoyed the read of this sweet heartwarming story of a girl’s loving character, earnest heart and faith through the years.
Edmond Ng 08/15/11
It's those who constantly do things in earnest that will one day see the dream fulfilled. That's a lesson we can learn from your story, much like the lesson we learn about running the race, where only those who endure to the end shall receive the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/17/11
The Mission of Peace trip really took me by surprise as my youngest is traveling to Nicaragua for MOP in December. I have had fears about raising the money and letting my baby who is 17 but always my baby travel to a country so far away. But in God's world there are no coincidences. Thank you for helping me find some peace. I know it will be an amazing life changing trip for her. There's a lot of wisdom in this story.