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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Blair Found Purpose!


Blair is one of those people who has struggled most of her life—always a new job, lost a husband to another woman, few friends, was unable to finish college because there was no money—just one hardship after another…You get the picture…

One of the worst things that Blair was currently undergoing was a weight problem. The weight piled up slowly at first and then year after year, a couple of more pounds—and now she was almost up to 200 pounds. That was the proverbial straw that broke the camels’ back—so to speak!

Not a church going person, Blair knew that something drastic had to be done. And, going back to church would be drastic because church always made her nervous. Everyone else always looked so confident, so well-dressed. She felt like she was the only one who didn’t dress in a proper way and the only one with a weight problem. But, something had to be done…She was feeling unhealthy, unloved and just down right down!

And so, it was on a cloudy fall day when Blair took that leap of faith and went back to church.

As she walked in and found a place to sit, she felt peace flooding her entire body and a smidgen of hope began forming in her brain, that maybe something good would come of this…

Sitting about 10 feet away from her in the same pew, was a nice-looking man, around 60 and he looked so sad…He happened to look over at her the same time she was looking in his direction and smiled a sheepish smile. She didn’t know why she did it, but she smiled back at him.

At the end of the sermon, she congratulated the minister on a fine sermon. Seconds later, the lonely-looking man walked over to her and said, “Good Morning, I don’t recall seeing you in church before. Are you new?”

She replied, “No, I’m not new—just a woman who has stayed away much too long. I’m Blair Caldwell.”

“Nice to meet you, Blair. I’m Todd Benson. I’m a retired auditor.”

“Good to meet you, Todd.” She was thinking, how could he possibly be interested in me, when I look like this!”

“Could I come visit you, sometime Blair? Maybe we could go out for dinner? What about next weekend?”

“Well…..I....ah….Yes! That would be nice…"

And, so the relationship continued for almost a year. Todd was so loving and caring with Blair, that she became motivated to change and lost about 30 pounds. She changed her diet and began walking. The stories Todd told her about being an auditor and traveling to all parts of the world, led her to writing and it wasn’t long before she had a great mystery published. Her life was changing and for the better.

Two years later they were married and the most wonderful thing of all was that Blair was no longer overweight, unhappy, with no ambition or purpose in her life…She was a new woman…God was working with and through her. And, Todd was no longer lonely, unhappy or unfulfilled. He had found a new job working with the elderly and he loved it! No longer was he “pushing papers” but helping those who were lonely and needed guidance.

Together, they found love and a renewed purpose in their lives—serving and following Christ. What could be better?

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Virginia Gorg06/03/06
For those of us with weight issues, this might give us some encouragement. Nicely written.
Sherry Wendling06/05/06
Faith is always rewarded! Thanks for this heartwarming story. Don't you just love His surprises?