Week 4 Challenge Topic - DROP IN A BUCKET

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Week 4 Challenge Topic - DROP IN A BUCKET

Post by itsjoanne » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:19 am

Hey there, Challengeers. The Week 4 topic is:


There is was a Cliff Richard song, Love and a Helping Hand. The gist of the message is that with so many problems and so much need in the world today, we may feel that the little we give is only a drop in the bucket—what good can it achieve? However, the main message of the song was that every drop makes the bucket wetter, and one day, with everyone contributing their drops, it will be filled.

That’s a positive and excellent way of looking at a “drop in a bucket.” (Or “drop in the bucket,” as it’s also called.) However, it’s not always so altruistic. There are times when a drop in the bucket is not much help at all. For example:

Joe said he’d start paying back the loan I gave him, but his first payment was only $1. It’s a drop in the bucket. At this rate, I’ll be 98 before it’s all paid back.

Here’s a bit more help to get your creativity going:


Have fun with the topic. You can write in any genre or style you like, AS LONG AS SOME MEANING OF THE TOPIC IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF YOUR ENTRY ... and as long as the entry conforms to the rules.

And keep this in mind: Entries may be in any style or genre, and they do not need to be overtly Christian in message. However, they must, at minimum, come from a Christian worldview/outlook. In the case of fiction, the Christian worldview/outlook may be subtle or allegorical, but it should still offer a fairly clear Christian viewpoint.

As always, don't forget to check your word count before submitting (entries must be between 150 and 750 words). A very reliable and free online word count check tool is this one:


Always hit the preview button to check your entry before hitting the final submit button. This is the only way to make sure your entry is uploaded correctly. This is very important, particularly if you are using HTML code for the first time. Once you have previewed your entry, close the preview page and hit the submit button.

Finally, once submitted, do a check to make sure your entry is safely in the list:

You may think your little Challenge contribution is just a drop in a bucket when it comes to giving God glory, but that would be wrong. Believe me, every entry is precious. As Christian writers, if only one person reads our work and is blessed or stirred in some way, it is all worthwhile.

Hope to see you in the list.

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