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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Dead End (02/06/14)

TITLE: God's Value System
By Frana Hamilton


Toward the end of the Revolutionary War, when the British were still confident of their ability to succeed in putting down a most unfortunate uprising in “the colonies," an interesting scene took place in Boston.

Many residences in that city had no front lawns or porches and the sidewalks were butted right up to the edge of the homes, making it possible for a passerby to reach out and touch a house if he cared to.

In one such home a woman was standing in her parlor, looking out the open window when a British general came marching past with a contingent of his men behind him.

Seeing the woman, and knowing that she had come from a background of great riches, the general called for his men to halt. “Madam,” he said sternly, “give me your jewels.” What the general did not know was that this courageous patriot had already given her vast wealth to the American cause.

“Sir,” she said firmly, as she put an arm around her two children, “These are my jewels.” Of course, she was right. Although, diamonds and rubies can have great material value, her children were of far greater worth. There is no way we can put a price on a human being.

Jesus made this clear in Mark 8:36, “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul, or what shall man give in exchange for his soul?” That means that all the gold, silver, diamonds in the world, all the beauty, all the power, all the fame and popularity – all the things we covet in today’s culture - are completely worthless when weighed in the balance with a human soul.

Not long after He made that statement, the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross and demonstrated the value He puts on man’s soul. He gave His own life to redeem each one of us.

It makes me aware that I need to recognize that each person who comes across my path has great value in God’s eyes. I can either use people and love things, or I can follow our Lord's example and love people and use things. I want God's value system to be my value system.

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Larry Whittington02/13/14
Very good illustration brought to an appropriate conclusion.

Well written. You put your heart into it. Now put your heart in heaven but keep your eyes in God's word.
Judy Sauer 02/14/14
Very interesting story that illustrates the true beauties in God's kingdom.

I do not see how your story relates to topic of Dead End. Continue writing because your story held my interest even though I kept looking for relevance to Dead End topic.
C D Swanson 02/14/14
Interesting story, with a beautiful scriptural message. I wonder if the "dead-end" topic was applied to the woman "standing in her living room" with no where to go?

Overall, I enjoyed the message.

God bless~~
Marilyn Reicks02/15/14
Very interesting introduction to your writing and you brought your story to an excellent conclusion.
I especially liked how you told that children are jewels.
Brenda Rice 02/17/14
Your devotion has a very good illustration that makes a clear point about what we as humans value.

The Bible says, where are treasures are there will be our hears also. Hope I didn't say that backwards.

Thanks for sharing.
Sheldon Bass 02/19/14
This is a good devotional style piece with a clear and important message. I am having difficulty relating it to the topic though.

Though it may be implied, you might be able to tie the message into the topic by pointing out the fact that simply acquiring worldly wealth is a dead end street, ending in death, with nothing to show for our life afterwards.

You have a good talent for writing—may God continue to use you for His glory.