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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: It's A Matter Of Choice
By Antje Hill


On a laid back Saturday afternoon, my husband and I made our way in and out of antique stores in the area. We liked the atmosphere, unhurried and quiet.

We were finishing up our last store when Richard walked up to me. In his hand he held a small chameleon. He concluded that at some point in time this little creature had entered the door with unsuspecting customers.

“We have to get this little one outside to safe ground where it can find food and family,” he said, walking toward the door.

I knew my husband's heart. This was not the first time he had taken a little chameleon out of harm’s way to a safer place. He loves to hold them in his hand and stroke them, until they close their eyes, as if asleep.

On the dark floors, the tiny creature was brown. But I knew on a bed of grass, it would turn green to blend into nature with its God given camouflage. It would be safe from the threatening environment.

This little reptile was a prime example of what we are not to be. As children of God, we are not given camouflage gear. We’re to be totally visible as who we are. We are to shine, to radiate, to draw others to us in order to point them to Christ.

Without the power of the Holy Spirit, it’s likely that we will be intimidated by life around us. We may find it much more comfortable to blend in. But just as this little chameleon would have eventually died because of its environment, Christians doing their own thing, dry up by blending in. Like the chameleon, we have to be very careful of what door we enter.

Webster defines “enter” as; to go into, to participate in. I read the definition and think of the bible verse, *“If anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved.” Yet another says,
** “Pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”

We make choices everyday to enter or not in gossip, improper places for Christians, arguments with our spouse, depression, back biting. Unlike chameleons, we have a mind to reason. And our choices have consequences.

The chameleon was hardly noticeable as it slithered out of Richard’s hand onto the patch of grass. Once again, God had taken a part of his world on an ordinary day in my life to exposed the importance of daily choices. These choices define our character and show tale-tale signs of who we really are.

* John 10:9
** Luke 22:46

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Marilyn Schnepp 03/07/06
A very fine devotional or testimonial - and an interesting way of bringing out the topic. (I have read several today that don't have anything about "enter"...so you are to be congratulated!...smile) A nice job...and well done.
Jeffrey Gante03/09/06
Good illustration about the chameleon. We as christians should not blend in with the world. We should stand out for all to recognize us for who we are - to bring glory to God and lead people to Christ. We can't allow ourselves to "enter" in to the mindsets and actions of the world.
Lynda Schultz 03/09/06
To me, what you communicated in this piece got a little muddied in the last few paragraphs I think because you deviated from the chameleon idea a little too much, though you picked it up again at the end. But it is indeed a wonderful illustration and an important truth. Good job.
Maxx .03/11/06
"...what we are not to be." Ah, very nice point! The strength of the piece. I agtee that i tlost it's way just a little at the end. But still, the lesson came through loud and clear.