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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Qualifying entry in Burbank Leader

Here is an Amy Writing Award- qualifying article, titled “Family Faith: Consider outcome of your choices,” written by Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian in the Burbank Leader (1/11/08).

Zakarian writes:
Choices. What does this word cause you to consider? As soon as I see or hear this word, I think of the life choices that I can decide to make — or not make — that will affect my life and the lives of those I am in contact with. I also think of the discipline my choices require and how they will shape the future.

Our lives are full of choices. Some are crucial and quick. In a split second, we can choose to give in to temptation, and sin, or to abstain. Perceptively, we will pay the consequences of a bad choice or be blessed by a good one. Other choices can be less vital, like whether to have that third cup of coffee in the morning when you are already behaving like an edgy drill sergeant to your family.
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Kimberlie practices good form by introducing an important topic that the average reader can relate to— making good choices. After she develops her argument, she supports it with a relevant scripture in a “non-preachy” way. (i.e., "Should we choose God’s way in our daily decisions? Proverbs 8:10 tells us this: “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than gold.”)

Good job, Kimberlie!

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