Guest: Use Your Own Dirt by Ada Brownell (An Excerpt from Imagine the Future You)




By Ada Brownell

An excerpt from Ada Brownell's motivational Bible study for youth

Imagine the Future You

     A psychology professor openly ridiculed Christians in one of my university classes. As the instructor made sarcastic remarks about Christians in the news and preached his atheistic ideas, I wondered why no one challenged him. One day I raised my hand.
     “You said this textbook will be outdated in ten years,” I began. “So what you're teaching might not be true in ten years?”
     The questions flowed.
     “Can you prove evolution? Isn’t it true you accept it by faith? Are you aware many scientists threw out missing links because in the more than 100 years since Darwin they can’t find them? Did you know scientists are even putting forth the idea that man might have fallen from outer space?
     “How did creation turn out so perfectly without a Designer? Why aren’t monkeys turning into humans now?”
     He admitted that, yes, the textbooks and the theories and knowledge in them would soon be outdated; that he didn’t have all the answers; and, “Yes, we do accept some things by faith. But when something is universally accepted, we treat it as fact.”
     I should have asked, “Then because the God of creation and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ are universally accepted, that should be treated as fact?”
     Although I accept that many Christians believe the theory with God starting the process, a few weeks later, I asked a science professor if the laws of thermodynamics violate evolution. The teacher had opened the class on the environment stating everything would be based on evolution.
     No more than thirty-five pages into the text, Living in the Environment, by G. Tyler Miller Jr., the class was studying the law of energy degradation, also known as the second law of thermodynamics. The law states that matter, if left to itself and undergoing physical or chemical changes, will always change in the direction of decreased order and decreased energy content. The entire universe obeys this law, and this includes every chemical reaction.
     In words plain and simple, the law means anything left to itself will slowly fall apart. Every old barn with the roof sagging and the walls falling in demonstrates this law. Despite galaxies thought to be expanding (are they expanding, or are we increasing our knowledge?), scientists will tell you the entire universe is slowing down, growing old, and, as the saying goes, is running out of steam.
     The second energy law also tells us energy tends to flow or change spontaneously from a compact and ordered form to a dispersed and random, or disordered, form.
     “No one has ever found a violation of this law,” Miller states.[1]
     When the teacher read that, I put up my hand. “Isn’t evolution a violation of this law?”
     In order for evolution to occur, many complex chemical changes must take place, and they must all be in the direction of increased order and energy to move from the simple to the com­plex.
     The teacher paused a moment, cleared his throat, and said, “Well, evolution is the only violation.”
     The theory of evolution also violates the first law of thermodynamics, which simply says energy (or matter) neither can be created nor destroyed.
     A story goes that God and Satan were having a discussion.
     “I can do anything you can,” Satan said, stretching his puny body so he looked taller.
     God smiled. “OK. Make a man.”
     Satan bent over and began scraping up dirt.
     God grabbed his shoulder. “Use your own dirt.”

[1] G. Tyler Miller Jr., Living in the Environment (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co.), 34–43.

About the Book:

IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU: A motivational Bible study by Ada Brownell

The intriguing thing about our dreams is we’re always the “Star.”  Comedy, romance, murder mystery, drama, documentary of a heroine—there we are in the middle of everything.
When we’re awake we also star in our dreams. Dream big and work toward your goals and you’ll write a story with your life that might amaze you.
Whether your story is a tragedy or a cherished classic depends on who you want to become and if you pursue your dreams.
If you continue to do or not do what you practice now, what kind of future do you imagine for yourself?
The decisions we make ourselves affect our future more than those made for us. We have control of our attitudes, our work ethic, our sense of wonder, our faith to believe in God and for great things. It is up to us where we end up in life and eternity.
This Bible study will help you discover evidence for faith; how to look and be your best; who can help; interesting information about dating,  love and marriage; choosing a career; how to deposit good things into your brain you can spend; and how to avoid hazards that jeopardize a successful life on earth and for eternity, all mingled with true stories that can make you smile.


About the Author: 

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and write books with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Among her books: Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study (November 2013). Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, (Jan. 15, 2013); Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, (Dec. 6, 2011); and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.
     Twitter: @adellerella   
     Blog: Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
     Amazon Ada Brownell author page:


  1. Thank you, Ada. I believe this study will serve the college-bound youth of today well. You are a true blessing.

  2. Hi! I just came across your blog and liked this post. It's inspiring like if I were the college student "in-your-face" inspiring. For some reason, people who claim not to believe in God are the first people to open topics on Christianity so they can lambast Christians. I think, they're just convincing themselves that there's no good but deep in their hearts, they know there's a God. Just like that professor. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi, sorry I missed your comment. My email didn't alert me. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, people like to deceive so they can attack Christians. We must be well-armed for the battles ahead. Be strong and know God is able to conquer all. :)

  3. Sorry, I'm late reading the blog, but I think Imagine the Future You is a wonderful book.

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    1. Thank you for your reply. Sorry about the glitch. Anonymous replies sometimes require moderation before they can be posted but I don't see any other comment. I'm so glad you liked the post! :)


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