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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: This little piggy...
By Melanie Kerr


There is not one of us who has not thought very carefully about what brings satisfaction in life. If life really is really like a box of chocolates, as some say, how come we keep picking the hard centres that break our teeth and leave our jaws aching? Where can we find the strength to triumph over the worst life throws at us? We've heard the rhyme as we've played with our toes, but we sent our own little piggies out on a fact finding mission.

This little piggy went to market

This little piggy discovered there is a market of stalls all brightly decked out and overflowing with "solutions" out there in the world. In the space of one afternoon, this he was offered orange robes and an invitation to shave his head. They taught him mantras to repeat, and showed him how to step carefully through the grass giving ample time for ants to move out of his way. With practice our piggy would take control of his thoughts and find that tranquil place. Another stall owner offered him crystals in a rainbow of shades, and commented on his purple aura as the fragrance of a dozen incense sticks stung his eyes. The secret of strength is harnessed in a crystal. Oh yes! If one thing doesn't suit you, just find another stall.

Let's move on to our second piggy.

This little piggy stayed at home

This little piggy never left the pigsty. The secret of strength according to our pink pug nosed friend lies in staying where God put you. There is a piggy heaven where all injustices will be sorted out. It is not right to question the hard centres in the chocolate box. It is just our lot in life if we pick them. As we knuckle down and endure what life throws at us, we will find all the strength that we need. One day in piggy heaven, those that got away with every evil under the sun will be brought to account.

Our third piggy has another perspective.

This little piggy had roast beef

He also had roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy to go with his roast beef. He doesn't really like vegetables much, even though deep down he knows they are good for him. This little piggy lives the high life. Obscene luxury is his solution to the questions of life. This little piggy pursues pleasure like a dog pursues a cat, or cat pursues a mouse, or a mouse pursues the cheese. The pursuit of happiness is the secret of strength. When you have everything your heart can imagine - then and only then will you be truly content. Strength of heart can be bought for a price.

Our fourth piggy holds an entirely different view.

This little piggy had none.

This is another piggy that has moved out of the pigsty and now lives in a small cave on the hillside. He has turned his back on worldly goods and lives a Spartan, frugal life. He spurns all the luxuries our third piggy held to be so dear. Not for him a warm pigsty, but cold hard rock. Not for him scrumptious pig swill, but all the berries he can pick. Strength comes through self denial. It is apparently obvious that the things that cause you pain must, by their very nature, be good for you.

Out last piggy has the final word.

This little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home

This little piggy told us earlier that he had tried all the other ways to find the secret of strength. Some of them actually work for a while. The secret of strength is not really about what you do, or what you don't do. It is about finding your way home. Home isn't just the nearest pigsty - or the nearest cave. Home is living in the presence of the person who loves you the most. The only source of true inner strength lies in one person alone - the Maker and Creator of all things.

Author's note - I have presumed that you are familiar with the children's rhyme - "This little piggy…" It's a toe thing that ends up in a tickle thing.

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Amy Michelle Wiley 04/27/06
Very creative! I like it!

(hehehe, had to laugh about the "toe thing" and the "tickle thing" LOL)
Helen Paynter04/27/06
Oh, brilliant, brilliant. How inventive! How perceptive and wise! One of my all time favourites. Book your seat in winners' row...
Maxx .04/27/06
Score well on the creative front, that's for sure! Very good! lol! I thik it could be polished a bit more. Each piggy's tale should be crystaline and precise. I think there was still a touch of swill that could have been wiped away. But hey, how can anyone argue with running wee-wee-wee all the way home to God? Love the approach!
Anita Neuman04/28/06
This is indeed a very creative approach, and delightful to read. I think the connection to the topic is somewhat vague, as the same analogy could be applied to fulfillment, love, and many other topics that might come our way this quarter. But that's my only criticism. This is a cute, easy-to-read lesson and you've written it well.
Purity Snowe04/28/06
Cute and creative! Very nice work! Made me laugh!
Suzanne R04/29/06
A box of chocolates and scrumptious piggy swill, eh?!

This is exceptionally creative.

I will think of this piece each time I do this to a small child! Thanks.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/30/06
An interesting way to explain inner strength; creative and unique.
Alexandra Wilkin04/30/06
I love the idea of this, though I agree with Maxx that it needs tightening up some. But very creative. God bless.
Jan Ackerson 05/01/06
What an absolutely clever and termendously creative essay! One of the best devotionals I've read here. I thought the 2nd little piggy's paragraph was a bit weak--he stole some of the thunder from "wee wee" piggy, who should definitely be the climax of your piece. But truthfully, this is so minor, because this piece is sheer delight.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/01/06
This was really a creative approach. Loved it.
Linda Watson Owen05/01/06
Great entertaining approach! Who would of 'thunk it'...the 'little piggies' as a memorable devotional! You've nailed the creative angle for sure!!
Jean Elizabeth 05/01/06
Very original! What a creative way to illustrate the futility of looking to anyone/anything but God for strength. Good job!
Lynda Lee Schab 05/02/06
Extremely clever and creative! I loved every analogy. Wonderful work!
Blessings, Lynda