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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)

TITLE: Reflect, Repent, and Reboot
By c clemons
11/07/07


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Stewart James figured his was a blessed life, always moving around and traveling to different places. Steward knew early on that he was called to preach the gospel. When he was a little boy, a traveling evangelist, the Reverend Ron Roy came to their little church in Manitoba, Canada. The Reverend was quite a character and Steward was mesmerized by the preacher’s eloquent way with words and the fire in which he delivered them. Not a fire and brimstone message, but a message so forceful, it came across like he actually believed what he was teaching.

“Mom, Dad, I know what I want to be when I grow up” Stewart had told his parents some thirty odd years ago. He chuckled to himself remembering their expressions when he had told them an evangelist. His dad Joe was confused and disappointed, he had wanted Stewart to follow in his footsteps as a farmer.

“Why evangelism son?” Joe had asked.

“When I was listening to Rev. Roy, it was if a voice said to me, ’that’s what I’ve called you to do’

“Really, a voice?” asked his Mom.

“Yep a voice.”

Smiling at the memory, Stewart’s parents to their credit never laughed or tried to hinder him when he started reading the scriptures everyday. Nor when he was older, he informed them he was not to going to the local University but to a Bible College in the United States.

It was there he met his bride Joanna, and two kids and many travel miles later, here he was. Here, was a church that had a large membership with a lot of young people. Stewart had become known as the “Evangelist for the teens”. His itinerary was full of speaking engagements for youth groups. His message was always fresh and timely and he would try to use language that the kids could relate to. Which was not an easy thing to do since their slang changed almost daily.

The youth pastor had told him that most of the kids were in the twelve to sixteen year old age range. They were in this meeting today because although smart they were students from an alternative school for trouble youth. Trouble at home and their previous schools had labeled them troublemakers.

It was sometimes Stewart’s practice to have an open forum when his audience was mostly kids instead of just standing in the pulpit.

After his usual request for guidance Stewart took the stage, he began by asking, “Who wishes they had been born someone else? Maybe someone famous like a rock star, or a sports figure?” Several hands shot up.

“Why is that?” asked Stewart, looking around at the group. He pointed to a Britney Spears look-alike in the front row that had raise her hand.

“Because they have everything, and even when they mess up they’re forgiven.” the young lady said.

“Do you think Britney Spears has it made?”

“Britney? No, not really. I just mean famous people in general.” said the young lady.

“Okay, Let’s just say that’s true for a moment. What makes your life less “made” than a famous person’s?”

“I can’t speak for all, but most of us our lives have been turned upside down by just one stupid mistake. I mean I wish I could go back and take back what I did.” said a young man in the back of the room.

“That sounds like remorse, doesn’t it? Steward asked the group.

“Yeah” he heard from several corners of the room.

“Well, let me share something with you. I know this bunch knows computers, am I right?

Another “Yeah” from the group.

“Think of your computer when it sometimes goes all wacky, when all else fails you turn it off right? The same with life, when chaos seems to reign shut it down. Reflect on what you are doing right then and there, if it is not productive in a good way, repent ask for forgiveness. Talk it over with your heavenly Father let him show you the right way. That is turn on to his way of doing things, that’s the rebooting. And guess what? Order returns. The famous aren’t anymore equipped than you in knowing this life’s lesson. They may have more money to hide their problems but they have to eventually deal with them, same as you. ”

The collective “Oh” was what he wanted to hear. Stewart knew he had connected so the rest of his message would go down easily.


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Debbie Wistrom11/09/07
Awesome message, very pertinant for today. Keep it up!
LauraLee Shaw11/10/07
This piece holds a tremendously good message for teens and for adults alike!

The grammar issues were a distraction, but if you could find someone to look over the story who is strong in that area, it would fix it right up!!!

LOVE the alliteration in the title, and your story was right on topic.
David Butler 11/12/07
The title was catchy and you used dialogue really well to project your thoughts. You sound like someone who's been out there in the harvest.
It seemed like there were two stories you were telling here. I wonder if you could have just focussed much more on the discussion with the troubled youths - not that his early boyhood was unimportant. Just that with a word limited short story, it seems to me more effective to capture the most relevant bits, making the hard decision to cut out the parts that might distract from the main message.
Phyllis Inniss 11/14/07
Good story but your main character's name kept changing from Stewart to Steward and back again. It didn't take away from the effect of the story, but one has to be consistent with a name.