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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Start (01/16/06)

TITLE: Start Now
By Linda Watson Owen


Oh, Lord, You know my wicked ways,
my penchant to do wrong.
I pray that You would help me out
to make these wrong ways gone.

God said, “Start now.”

Oh, Lord, You know my feeble heart,
self centered thoughts and deeds.
I want my mind to straighten up,
to think on others’ needs.

And God said, “Start now.”

But Lord, You know it takes some time
to change habits like these.
Let’s take this ‘change thing’ slowly now,
surely You’ll agree.

But God said, “Start now.”

No, wait, Lord, please! Let’s not be rash,
It takes time to kick sin!
Baby steps, remember those?
No use to rush right in!

But God said, “Start now.”

Ease me to Your changes, Lord,
You know my tender psyche.
This church thing? I know I should go,
but really, every Sunday?!

And God said, “Start now.”

Who’s this you’re sending to my door
to interrupt my rest?
A man in need of food and clothes?
Next week I’ll give my best.

But God said, “Start now.”

I know that I should read Your Word.
Every page is holy.
But Lord, it’s such a great big book!
And I’m so slow and pokey.

And God said, “Start now.”

It says here, Lord, to give a tenth.
That can’t be what it means.
If I did that, I’d sure go broke!
Makes no good sense to me!

But God said, “Start now.”

I know I’m smart in several ways.
My talents aim to please,
but Lord, don’t ask me to give up
my time to ministry.

Still God said, “Start now.”

Dear Lord, You sure surprise me now.
I always pictured You
as One Who spoke with many words
instead of only two.

I thought that You would spend more time
to help me see the light.
Instead You seem so firmly fixed
on making me do right.

I’ll now accept Your schedule Lord,
although it sure is tight.
I’ll try to make each moment Yours,
and walk by faith not sight.

So God said, “Start now.”

"...begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit...." Deuteronomy 2:31 (KJV)

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charlotte Bower01/25/06
I like the idea and the message but needs to flow more smoothly.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/26/06
THe message is right on target! However, when you put that message in rhyme, if the poem doesn't flow, it takes the Reader's mind away from the Message and into the world of rhythmic disaster. Some verses did well, others not so well - but it was very creative and had an important message! God Bless!
Cassie Memmer01/26/06
You have shown God's patience and simplicity. Wish I could see things in the simple way that He does. Just start! That's all He asks, huh? Great message!
Shari Armstrong 01/26/06
I doubt it was hated - maybe just hit all of us little too close to home! Some good lessons here! :)
Jan Ackerson 01/26/06
I think this is wonderful: your repetition is very effective, and the rhythm is lilting. You picture a God with stubborn love. Thank you.
Crista Darr01/26/06
Bravo! Great message for all of us - step out by faith NOW. Wonderful Work!
Pat Guy 01/26/06
Maybe I'm missing something but this flowed so well for me. I truely enjoyed this - all the way! (baby steps was one of my favorites! tehe! ;))Delightfully done to get the message across. Yes.
Laurie Glass 01/26/06
I love the message of this poem. What a great reminder to us all. I'm feeling a little convicted myself.
Val Clark01/26/06
Great message. So... when does God want me to start? :-) Enjoyed this as a poem except for the line: 'make these wrong ways gone' which jarred for me. Yeggy
Debbie Sickler01/27/06
I'll agree that not all the rhyme and meter stuff was perfect, but I also really liked it anyway. It had enough rhyme to feel like poetry, but enough of a 'regular person talking to God' feel, that it made it more personal and easy to relate to.
Candice Kettell01/28/06
I loved it!!!! ' Ease me to Your changes, Lord ' Heard that very thing many times ;) I think it is an easy poem for many to relate to and sends an important message.
Maxx .01/29/06
Great take on the topic. My first reaction was toward the simple structure. But the message was right on target. A home run. Enjoyed it, although the lesson was a BIT too close to home!