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Topic: Doors (04/05/04)

TITLE: Looking at Doors
By Rachel Rossano
04/06/04

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I believe there are a number of ways one can see a door. It can be a barrier or obstacle to overcome. For example, my sister locked herself in my parentís bedroom when she was about four and could not figure out how to unlock the door. The babysitter and I took apart the handle and managed to open it just as my parents arrived home.

We use doors to block something out that we do not want to face. My sister wanted to believe she was an only child. In a house with three other siblings that is difficult to do. She would go into her room and shut the door. As long as we stayed on the other side, she could make-believe we did not exist.

I tend to think of doors as opportunities. Each one you open has someone or something waiting behind it. I am not expecting each discovery to be wonderful and exhilarating. In fact, many times I do not like what is on the other side. I am aware that I cannot be like my little sister, living out my entire life in one room avoiding all the challenges, trials, and growing opportunities that are behind each door.

God has not made me to sit in a safe haven and watch everyone else live. Instead, I am to face the unknown behind each door and learn from what I find. If I keep Him close and my mind on Him and His Word, the triumphs or failures waiting for me behind each door only make me stronger and more useful to him. With God as my strength and wisdom, I can face any door and walk through it.


Member Comments
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Lisa Beaman04/12/04
Way to go! I'm ready for some adventure myself! I love the contrast between you & your sister. I'm worlds different from mine too!
L.M. Lee04/13/04
good points to remember.
Kenny Paul Clarkson04/13/04
"I tend to think of doors as opportunities."

Exellent point!
Dave Wagner04/14/04
A good effort. It read well, due to good construction/word choices.

>> My sister wanted to believe she was an only child. <<

That made me smile. That's a great line.

I spent a lot of time squirreled away in my room growing up...it had nothing to do with shutting the world out to avoid problems and pain, though...I liked to read, draw, sort through my endless piles of baseball cards, etc. I don't think being reclusive for periods in your life is necessarily a bad thing. Some people don't interract well with people by nature...it takes time to develop that skill. Why, just look at me! I interract with people so well now, eh!? lol

Anyway, nice piece, worth reading.