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Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)
TITLE: David's Goal
By Sharon Eastman
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Most of all I like to design my clothing. I start with a pattern and embellish it. The fabric store, second to a book store, is as close to heaven as I can be. I love the feel, scent, and vibrant colors of fabric that flirt with me. My fingers sift through the buttons and notions, and I look with ardor at the sample garments.
With a lifetime of experience, at this point I consider myself to be an accomplished seamstress. Many fabric sewing projects have crossed my path – bridal, gowns, blouses, and drapes – and I feel so exhilarated with each achievement.
A quilt was the latest project I completed. My daughter, a fashion designer, helped me cut the calico pieces, design, and assemble it. Besides a wedding gown, this quilting project was the most extensive one I had ever sewed.
First step was cutting the squares, which took a lot of concentration. Next I cut the sashings, borders, and backing. Then came the fun part, the sewing. The whir of the sewing machine kept me going whenever fatigue set in. My daughter’s help came in handy for assembling. Finally we took it to a neighbor, who owned a quilting machine. No hand quilting for me! I was too impatient for that. My neighbor did a wonderful quilting job, and in two weeks I held my achievement in my arms.
My ego soared; it was majestic! I was very pleased! But, Someone was knocking at my heart. It was the Lord. I was so pleased with myself that I forgot to give God the glory. Thus, I went on bended knee and gave worship and praises to the Lord. He gave me the talent and ability to make this quilt. I remembered the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13 KJV) He can even help make quilts.
God likes to see us use our gifts and talents, and, I’m sure, He pats us on the back whenever we accomplish a goal. He lovingly bestows those gifts upon us to bring glory to him and service in this world.
The ancient biblical story of David and Goliath expresses an act of achievement implementing faith and strength in the Lord. A young David, with confidence and faith, slew the biggest, fiercest Philistine enemy, Goliath. With only a slingshot and a rock, David struck the only fleshly part of Goliath’s body. King Saul and the others were astonished at the young teen. David ceremoniously brought Goliath’s severed head home. God was given the glory, and this act paved David’s path of a stellar warrior and believer.
During our lifetimes, we usually set many goals. Accomplishing them brings a unique sense of fulfillment. But, we must always remember to glorify, praise, and worship the Lord when our dreams come true.
Lord, Thank you for bestowing upon us spiritual gifts and abilities. Help us to use them efficiently, humbly, and at every opportunity. Inspire us to do good works that glorify you, like the sun glorifies the rainbow. Praise your holy name.
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