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Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)
TITLE: My Accomplishments
By Mildred Sheldon
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Seeing my name, Joshua Andrews, written in gold inspired me at first. I had been working in this law firm paying my own way through college back then. I like my grandparents were taught that if you wanted anything worthwhile in life you had to work, and work hard for it.
I arose early each morning, read my Bible to get my mind on what was important, and asked God for His guidance. After breakfast I’d be off to my first class, and then off to work. I was blessed in the fact that my employer worked with me so I could get my degree to become a lawyer.
After I graduated from college I continued my studies and finally passed my bar examine. I was still a long way from becoming a full fledged lawyer, but as long as I kept my focus, and stayed grounded in God’s teachings I knew I’d reach my goal.
Some of my colleagues struggled in attaining their goals. They depended upon their own abilities and it reminded me of Jeremiah 17:5-8. “This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.’
God has blessed me richly. I have a family, several grandchildren, and a joy that cannot be hidden. I’m thankful for all the humanitarian awards, but I don’t call them my achievements. They belong to God. He is the achiever in my opinion, and I’m the worker.
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