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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Current Affairs (06/07/12)

TITLE: A Recent Demonstration of Abundance
By Earl G Donaldson
06/07/12


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The abundant life is a relationship. I am going to illustrate with a personal story how this relationship can work. The illustration might appear trivial to some, but there is nothing trivial in a relationship. When a guy opens the car door for his sweetheart it is not trivial. When she cooks his favorite meal or they hold hands while walking through the park, these are not trivial acts: they are relationship in action.

One night in the early Spring, I went with my spouse to watch my grandson play baseball. The temperature was in the low fifties, and there was a strong breeze; certainly not baseball weather. When the game ended, Andrew was cold and hungry, and my wife and I took Andrew and his sister Anna to a restaurant for some hot food. It just so happened that this was a Saturday night and the restaurant was full, as was the parking lot. This, however, was the place we all wanted to go, and we decided to proceed and trust that GUS (God of my UnderStanding) would make the way smooth (Luke 3:5). As we drove our automobile into the crowded lot we noticed that a car was backing out of a parking place, which just so happened to be right in front of the door to the restaurant. We took that place, which was very fortunate for us, because none of us had jackets. After all, we had been to a baseball game.

When we walked into the restaurant there were several people sitting around the front, so I gave the hostess our name and asked how long the wait. The hostess replied with a smile, “I have a booth that has just opened. If you will give us a minute to clean it, you can have it.” As the old gospel song states, “I will make the crooked straight and bring the high places down.” It certainly happened for us that cold Saturday night in the early Spring.

I know that the above example in no way compares with the problems people face when raising a family or running a business. Besides, most readers will believe that the convenient parking place was merely a coincidence, and it well may have been. Some will say that we just experienced a bit of good luck? You bet we did! But believers who are living in relationship with the Holy Spirit experience a lot of good luck. In fact, good luck is God’s style. As someone has said, “Great art conceals the artist,” and GUS is an artist at doing good things for believers.

GUS is a spirit (John 4:24) and therefore has no arms, legs or vocal cords. The only way GUS can make his presence known is by doing things for those with whom he is in relationship. most of which will seem like good luck. Remember, the Holy Spirit is the most powerful force in the universe, and friends who have the resources like to do things for their friends.

I challenge you to let the Spirit of God do things for you–little things–and just be grateful.


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Genia Gilbert06/09/12
I agree that a relationship with the Lord is a totally up to the minute thing, that He is indeed involved in everything that touches us, and we need to be more mindful of it. It is and exciting and "abundant" way to live. I enjoyed this entry.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/10/12
This is a sweet story. I have no doubt that GUS is with us all of the time.

Some things you might want to consider is to work more on showing and less telling. For example in the beginning you tell the reader that your going to illustrate your point. Instead jump right in with showing us what your point is. I think this might be week on topic but they did say it was open to the reader's interpretation this quarter but I think most people think of current events more as stuff on the news. I see where your coming from though.

You do have a nice strong message with good scriptures references. It's a good reminder that the little things in life are important. Also, if it's important to us then it's important to God. Nice job.
Sandra Renee Hicks 06/11/12
Greetings -

There is sweetness in this read. Thank you. Yes, our Lord is in even the smallest matters. That's so wonderful and comforting to know.

Please note:

- Paragraph two... - "Spring" shouldn't be capitalized.

- Paragraph three - "how long the wait" is a bit awkward...

- Paragraph five - Period after "relationship" is misplaced.

- Paragraph five - You mentioned that GUS...has no arms... GOD does have arms.
One scripture that indicates that is Isaiah 51:5 - KJV. Also, I couldn't locate in Scripture that GOD has legs but Exodus 24:10 - KJV states that He has feet. I'm assuming that His feet are attached to His legs. Relative to vocal cords, I don't know of any Scriptures that state that GOD has "vocal cords" but the Bible does express that He has a voice.

Again, thank you for this read that contains sweetness, and assurances that GOD cares...

Leola Ogle 06/11/12
A great reminder that God cares about the little things. Loved the baseball story. God bless!