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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)

TITLE: I'm Determine To Earn My B
By Barbara Ann Smith


It's an unexciting winter day as I study for a Biology exam. Dad promises me a reward if I pull my grade from a D-up to a B in this class. He didn't tell me, the reward was a car for my use when I depart for college. I'm not interested in Biology, it's a boring subject, and my mind is everywhere but in the classroom. I need to study, because the risk of not passing the class, means I won't have enough credits to pass the school year, and I won't graduate with the class. I'll be embarrassed and humiliated at the end of the school year with all my friends graduating and my name will not be among there's. I flip slowly through the pages, trying everything I can to get my mind in the right gear and to take an interest in my study.

I decide, I'll go out and watch the snowflakes fall from the bleak sky, and maybe take a bicycle ride through the trail in the woods; this will put me in a studying mood. The ride through the woods is gloomy and I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. Thinking, why should a minor thing like this affect me? I know this means a start in my life and I must complete this task before I can push forward. I start to pedal fast and faster until I'm going so fast I can't stop, if I could, because I'm going down this steep incline and as I apply the brakes, they won't hold.

I'm in the pathway of disaster but there isn't anything I can do to get the bike stopped. I clutch the handlebars tight and decide I'll stay with the bike. I'm totally out of control; nothing I do helps the situation. I'm headed for a huge tree and there's nothing I can do. I'm attempting to control the bike to miss the tree. Suddenly, I'm on the ground, I try to get up but every bone in my body prevents me from getting up. I lay here not knowing what the next step will be, my parents aren't home and there isn't anyway I can seek help. I'm screaming for help but there's no one to hear me. A fear sits in like none I've ever felt before. What am I going to do? Why did I come out here? Why didn't I stay and study? All these questions are repeating, again and again, inside my brain.

The bleakness of the sky brought tears to my eyes. The pain was excruciating, I need a feeling of security and not being alone. I remember, when as a child, my mother sat me on her lap and sang me a song about Jesus' love and how He could heal all wounds and provide us a new life. I felt her love and listened to the words and all the insecurities soon vanished to bring me a sweet, sweet, peace. I start to sing the song; I sing it in a loud almost screaming voice over and over. I decide at this moment, I would not have been in this situation, if I had not been reluctant to take charge of my own responsibilities. I give my situation to Jesus this moment, accepting Him and knowing I need His words of guidance in my life to get me through my pathway in life. He in return, rewarded me with a new beginning and a chance to put my life on the right track.

My parents hears the loud singing echoing in the air. They rush to my bruised and aching body. They take me to the hospital, after extensive x-rays, they're told, "He's bruised and shook up, but there's nothing seriously wrong with him." As soon as I arrive back to the house, I pick up my Biology book and I'm determined I'll earn that B.

Member Comments
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L.M. Lee10/04/04
good story! reminds me of when we "step out" on our own out from under God's wings...we get in trouble!
Teresa Lee Rainey10/08/04
I've got to stop looking at author's names before reading! Kept thinking main character was a girl. Either way works, but I threw myself there. Very good story though and a great message on keeping focused on the goal in order to attain our end reward.