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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: (Re)Considerations
By Cheryl von Drehle
06/12/12


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I was picked last
For the P.E. softball team
I guarded my heart
By losing interest in sports

My first boyfriend dumped me
For my best girlfriend
I guarded my heart
By not dating in high school

I struggled to maintain a 4.0 GPA
I dropped to a 3.2
I guarded my heart
By dropping out of college

I was passed over
For promotion to a better job
I guarded my heart
By settling for less

I was disappointed again
By my latest online dating disaster
I guarded my heart
By vowing to remain single

I considered my life
And found it lacking in joy and intimacy
I guarded my heart
By no longer considering my life

I was bitter and lonely
Angry at God and cursing my life
I had guarded my heart
To no avail

I read that a guarded heart
Is the wellspring of life*
I despaired for my life
And discovered this

Whoever wants to save his life will lose it
Whoever loses his life for God will save it**

I regarded my heart
And threw off the jailer
Of my mis-guarded heart
And embraced Life


*Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV1984)

**For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will save it. Luke 9:24 (NIV1984)


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Deborah Engle 06/16/12
Excellent.

This stanza especially struck a chord with me:

I was bitter and lonely
Angry at God and cursing my life
I had guarded my heart
To no avail
Beth LaBuff 06/19/12
What a beautiful message. I think many can relate to this struggle. Your ending is perfect!
CD Swanson 06/20/12
Simply powerful. This will touch many hearts. Thank you. God bless~