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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: A New Life, A New Identity
By Ruth Neilson
09/15/10


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A new name,
A new identity,
Oh God! That's what I want.
I willingly enter this Covenant with You
I no longer want to be known as Abram—
An exalted father.
Instead, I want to be what You call me!
Breathe Your breath into my innermost being.
Abraham--A father of many nations,
Generations of lives changed and redeemed.

A new name,
A new identity,
Oh God! That's what I want.
Give me Your blessing because
I don't want to be known as the same person!
Jacob, the deceiver forever known as
The one who stole his brother's birthright away.
I WON'T let go until You change me from the inside out.
Israel--I struggled with God and man...
And I've overcome.

A new name,
A new identity,
Oh God! That's what I want.
I need direction. I've been changed.
I'm tired of being known as Saul,
The one who kills followers of the Way.
I tried hard, even asked for You to lead me and now You are.
Paul--small and humble
Unworthy to carry the Good News to the world.
I just ask...that You use me even as I am unworthy.

A new name,
A new identity,
Oh God! That's what I want.
I’m tired of being so bitter
Hard and angry...Mary—lost in a sea of bitterness
Change me from the inside out Lord!
I want to be a something more,
Ruth--friend
Yes, that's it! A friend to the friendless...
To pull others from where I've been.


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Sarah Heywood09/16/10
I enjoyed this! Excellent!
Charla Diehl 09/17/10
A very affective use of the topic this week. I felt the repetitive opening plea was one of urgency in each case, and should be for each of us today. Two thumbs up on this entry.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/18/10
This is a great, fresh take on the topic
Barbara Lynn Culler09/19/10
I love this! These people are examples to us.
Catrina Bradley 09/20/10
This is wonderful! I love the original format, and the examples of your title, culminating in yourself.
DK Landers09/20/10
Excellent! It reminds of God's promises to us.
Rachel Phelps09/20/10
I liked the repeating lines - like an anthem. Lovely.
Loren T. Lowery09/21/10
Reads exactly as it seems intended - a soul in search of its identity. Negating what they don't want to be, affirming what they'd most wish to be like - themselves, indeed a friend with the one residing inside.
Kate Oliver Webb09/21/10
This is so good -- it feels like lyrics to a song of testimony and ministry, and I hope someone picks up on that and provides the melody. It's a wonderful piece; very well written and full of the power of Christ to change lives!
Lillian Rhoades 09/21/10
This reads more like a prayer than lyrics to a song. Your contrast from who you are to what you want to become impresses me. I think I would probably choose a more creative title. You've reminded all how God never steals our identity, just replaces it with something better.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge09/22/10
Excellent writng!
Christina Banks 09/22/10
I really enjoyed this. I always found it fascinating how many times God changed someone's name in the Bible.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/23/10
Congratulations for placing 27th overall!