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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Light at the End of the Tunnel (01/23/14)

TITLE: Light at the End
By Edmond Ng
01/27/14


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    Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. (Galatians 6:9 NAS)

When I was working in a startup some time ago, I was assigned the task of overseeing a project to conceptualize, strategize, implement, and regularly update the contents of an online service portal. After several months of planning, preparing, and laying the groundwork, the marketing campaign was ready to roll, but something happened that left the startup wondering whether it would ever see light at the end of the tunnel. Nearing the day of the launch, a sudden influx of competitor companies came into the market and offered similar services that had been planned by the startup. All of a sudden the concept of a one-and-only company providing such a service in the region evaporated into nothingness, and a soft launch was sought in place. By and by, the business fell into question of its viability to sustain, and cutting costs, resources and staff became inevitable.

Thankfully, unlike the way the commercial world works, our service in the Lord never falls into question of its worth or viability. We need not be afraid we might not get to see light at the end because Christ Jesus is the Light of the world and of life (John 8:12; 12:46). Since Jesus dwells in us and we sow to the Spirit, we will from the Spirit reap eternal life and a harvest in due time if we do not lose heart or grow weary (Galatians 6:8-9). For behold, the Lordís return is coming quickly, and His reward is with Him to repay to us according to what we have done (Revelation 22:12).

Be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord, therefore, knowing that our toil is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). We are Godís handiwork created in Christ Jesus for good works which God had prepared beforehand, so let us shine in our works that God might be glorified before men (Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 5:16).

Dear Lord, thank You for the assurance of Your light and presence at the end of the tunnel. In You O Lord we know we have our inheritance and reward. You O God are the everlasting God, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. In Your Spirit, we will sow and reap bountifully, be steadfast, immovable and abounding in good works. You alone are worthy to receive all the glory and we put our complete trust in You.


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Larry Whittington02/01/14
The most important and most critical phrase you included was "in the work of the Lord". We can work and work at something but if it is not what the Lord would will us to do, it will not succeed as we envision.

Good introduction to your key point.

It was easy to follow your thought through to the conclusion.
Judy Sauer 02/01/14
Your devotional prayer at the end is quite good and has universal appeal.

Your opening paragraphs have run on sentences making it challenging to keep connected to the story line. Later in your story, as you quoted scripture, it is easy to see the succinct writing from The Word. By taking the same approach with the opening scenario your story would be easier to digest.

It's challenging to step back from our occupations and use words that others not in our industries can comprehend.

You might find it helpful to read aloud your words and pretend you have no background in your field. This helps ferret out areas were revising your wording can add greater clarity.

Keep up the writing. You have much to share.
CD Swanson 02/04/14
Beautiful deovtional!

God bless~