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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Thump (05/30/13)

TITLE: One Remains
By Allison Egley
06/05/13


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Tommy took a deep breath and picked up three balls, labeled "greed," "envy," and "pride." He began to juggle and everything started out well. Greed seemed to get heavier and heavier, and envy seems to fall out of line, always attempting to be the highest of the three. But he was getting better at this. In fact, soon he'd be the best juggler around.

Thump.
Thump.
Thump.


The balls fell to the ground. This wasn't working.

Tommy tried three new balls. This time he chose fame, fortune, and perfection.

Thump

Perfection feel immediately, and soon he realized this was too much. Tommy stepped back. Perhaps he should start with just one ball, and work his way up. He chose perfection, yet even when that was his only focus, it repeatedly fell.

Thump.

Thump.

Thump.

Clearly this wasn't going to work either.

Tommy looked around and saw a box marked, "Salvation. Free." He stepped up to the box and read the sign next to it. He looked inside. The balls in this box were different. They glowed. Actually, it was more than just glowing. They radiated a light all their own. As he picked them up, he noticed they were just the right size and weight. He chose three balls.

Faith.

Hope.

Love.

These balls were much easier to juggle, and seemed to work together, if that was even possible.

But, occasionally, one would fall. Tommy would doubt. Faith fell.

Thump.

He picked it up again. Trials came, and the future looked so bleak. He still believed, but was the future promise really that much better? Hope fell.

Thump.

Did God really love him? Love and faith fell.

Thump.
Thump.

As Tommy grew older, he continued to juggle faith, hope, and love. They would still fall, but he knew now he just had to pick them up and keep going.

Even as he neared his last days, the balls stayed in the air, even better than when he was young. Life had taught him much, and strengthened his faith.

Soon, it was time. Faith and hope fell one last time. What he had hoped for had been fulfilled, and faith was no longer needed.

Thump.
Thump.

Tommy looked at his Savior face-to-face, still clinging tightly to love.


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I Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Inspiration taken from "No More Faith" from the album "Clear to Venus" by Andrew Peterson, Copyright 2001.


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Judith Gayle Smith06/07/13
Captivating . . .
lynn gipson 06/08/13
Wow, this one had me holding my breath as I read it. What a fresh and inspiring take on the topic. Excellent, my friend.

Blessings, Lynn
Matt Guddat06/13/13
The analogy of juggling balls is a good one! Outside the box.
For me the content and analogy was good enough to keep me hooked and I found the fast pace maybe was a little to jumpy and fast. But that may just be me.
Keep up the good substance.
CD Swanson 06/13/13
Superb! What an imaginative and fascinating read.

Excellent job.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/13/13
Congratulations on ranking 24 overall. Happy Dance!!