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

TITLE: Love Is A Choice . . .
By Judith Gayle Smith


One of my husband’s maxim’s: “It’s not the fall that kills you - it’s the sudden stop at the end.”

Fear the fall, and the sudden stop will not be so final.

I used to fantasize about drowning in a small glass of water. Mother said that is all it would take. Did you ever try inhaling even a miniscule drop of water?

The “best and the brightest” answer to the Grim Reaper. He cares not how good you consider yourself to be, how famous and successful you have become; he is equally non-discriminatory – an equal opportunity destroyer.

Good, bad or indifferent, we all find ourselves at the frazzled frayed ends of our very generous rope, issued to us along with our umbilical cord at birth. This cord is tethered to a tenuous lifeline manipulated, rigidly controlled by our own desires. Frightening thought.

As tender babes, we love to play with this cord, by trial and error discovering the power our two little hands and pleading little faces pull to us. Who can resist an innocent child’s imploring tears? Did I say innocent? How innocent are we as children? We learn by doing: cries, gurgle, smiles – marvelous instruments all, tooting the songs we vocalize through life. Your smile makes me deliriously warm and fuzzy – let me give you your heart’s desires . . .

If blessed with physical beauty at birth – the blond hair, longest eyelashes, perfect Gerber Baby face – praise and adoration come almost automatically. Irresistible. Pity the little one with the wizened face, red as a crimson bloom – scrawny, all legs and arms, bald as Grandpa. Almost forgot – no button nose. Then you must fight for what you want – you did get the short end of that proverbial stick.

What goals are set for us throughout life by indulgent parents, teachers, ourselves? Whose rules will we accept and follow? Will our innate selfishness lead us to worldly success or abject failure? Will we wind up at an impasse? Dead end venues are exactly that – dead.

Stop following someone else’s dream. Wake up and see that your Creator has planned a lovely, grace-filled eternity with you – His Way is narrow and straight, yes – but oh what a reward system He has for us.

It is truly our choice – which road do we take, and to what end? Running in circles, nose to the ground, works satisfactorily for dogs, but we were created to walk in angels’ paths. Walk circumspectly, reverently, righteously – for reaching our destination with our Creator, and not stumbling into a nightmarish hell without Him . . .

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Toni Hammer02/14/14
A thought-provoking devotional. I don't think you had any reason to fear throwing a brick. I especially liked this line "Fear the fall, and the sudden stop will not be so final."
Judy Sauer 02/14/14
You use creative wording from equal opportunity destroyer to the rope we are issued with our umbilical cord. Easy to relate with your descriptions.

The first two sentences did not seem to add justice to your story - at least in how it came across to me. I didn't see a connection to the topic Dead End. Not sure what I missed.

Beyond the first two paragraphs, it was an intriguing read.
C D Swanson 02/18/14
Beautifully written and beautifull delivered.

God bless~
Bea Edwards 02/18/14
Perfect examples in your devotional of numerous dead ends. However your title perplexed me a bit but then I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Brenda Rice 02/18/14
You use words creatively and you make some interesting observations in this entry.

Overall, this is well written. Thanks for sharing.