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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: Standing Tall
By Denene Humphrey
12/07/05


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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ James 1:2-4 (NIV)

I love Christmas. During this wonderful season, beauty is displayed in the brilliance of gloriously decorated Christmas trees, bright lights and in the spirits of people as they go about showing the manifest presence of the Lord Jesus Christ to others.

This is also the time of year that my patience is tried to the utmost. You may think that I am tested at the shopping mall, or maybe in the parking lot as I circle it like a vulture in search of the perfect space. Oh no, this is not where I am being developed into, as it says in James 1:2-4, a mature and complete Christian.

My trial by fires comes with decorating my Christmas tree each year. Don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoy all the hard work and effort that I put into trimming the tree. What makes me want to run screaming into the night, though, is putting the lights on it. Who invented those things anyway, and why do they bring so much frustration into what could be a joyous time of fun and fellowship? I think I know the answer.

They were made to test me and develop my patience. Imagine my pure joy in overcoming this trial, standing tall and victorious as I plug in the final set of lights and they all stay lit. Yes, I realize now that there is indeed a reason to rejoice because I have fought the good fight of faith and my tree is beautiful and brightly lit for all to see. My test is over, perseverance has finished its work and for now, or at least until next Christmas, I am mature, complete and lack nothing.


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Brandi Roberts12/12/05
Well written. I enjoyed, Thanks for sharing!
Marilyn Schnepp 12/12/05
Very well written; however, it's the "taking down" of the Christmas tree that I keep putting off. Putting it up, putting the lights and decorations on it is a breeze compared to taking each decoration down, and packing them away. Each to our own! Right? Nice job.
Jan Ackerson 12/14/05
I"m sure I've never heard these verses applied to putting up a Christmas tree before--and I love it! Our "trials" don't have to be earth-shattering, do they? The promise is still there.
Sandra Petersen 12/18/05
So you're the reason decorating a tree with lights can be so tough! I always suspected in the back of mind...
You need a little more description of your battle, pine needles jabbing you in the nose, the tree inviting you into its prickly embrace, etc. You get the idea.
Good final paragraph and excellent tie in to James. (But somehow I don't know if James quite envisioned this kind of trial!)
Good job! Keep writing! Merry Christmas!