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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Exam (09/12/13)

TITLE: Application:Accepted
By Emma-Jane McLennan
09/18/13


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The worst seven words of my life "You'll just need to fill out these forms".

Handed to me, the stack feels heavy in my arms. It is as high as the tower of Piza and threatening to spill like Vesuvius. Whomp! I set it down on the table, and sigh.

It's going to be a long morning.

I fly through the first few questions... How long have you been a Christian? Where do you go to Church? Do you believe in Jesus? Mmm.. hmm! Done and dusted. Next page. The clock ticks symbolically above my head, and time is running out.

Uncomfortable on my wooden seat, I shift uneasily. Things get a little trickier here; Why are you a believer? Do you tithe regularly? Do you read your bible and pray every day?

It feels like the Spanish Inquisition, but everything so far has been a fairly easy "yes", I'm a good Christian, I try.

Have I ever stolen something? Well... there was that one time, but come on! I was young. Surely that doesn't count.

Have I ever lusted after a girl?

Snubbed someone?

Lied?

Ouch. Lied. Its kind of a no-win situation, that one. To say no would be a lie.

The sun rises and sets on the office, but inside nothing changes. Bright, glaring lights and a grumbling tummy accost me. This is important, this is infinity in my hands.

And I'm not doing so well.

"Time's up".

Relinquishing the papers, I feel a desperate hopelessness overcome me. Hours, waiting. Forever is coming, and I can feel it. Heaven or Hell...

"Sir, your results are back". The office lady yawns as she hands me my life sentence.

My hand trembles. Heart beats faster. Sweat drips slowly... and I dare myself to look.

Application: Denied.

No. No, this can't happen to me. No.

I am the worship leader, a great father, the "Good Man". My wife and I organise mission trips, help the youth group, take soup to sick people.

I am a man of

integrity

honour

discipline

but not perfection.

And that is why the system doesn't work, why I need forgiveness, why I need...

Jesus.

I fall down on my knees, and beg for forgiveness.

Application: Accepted.


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Bonnie Rose Hudson09/19/13
That was fantastic, thank you so much for sharing!
Brenda Rice 09/19/13
This could be a skit for young people with a little work.

Full of suspense, interesting take on the topic and nicely written.

Thanks for sharing.
Linda Goergen09/21/13
This is absolutely wonderful! So much encompassed in so few words! Great job!
Camille (C D) Swanson 09/26/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Lois Farrow09/29/13
Excellent. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/02/13
I really enjoyed this. There have been many stories about an exam into Heaven this week. Your ending made it stand out and was perfect. Congratulations for ranking 3rd in your level and 13 overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)