A few days ago my dad received an email from some friends at our other church informing us that their daughter had won an essay contest. But not just any essay contest. It was a national essay contest with nearly 4,000 entries. It was with Fox Business News’ John Stossel and Stossel in the Classroom and was entitled “Politicians’ Top 10 Promises Gone Wrong”. She one first place, received the $1,500 prize, a check signed by Stossel, a book autographed by Stossel, a press release, and won an all-expense paid, three-day trip to New York City for three. The other top four winners were all homeschooled. Here is the link to her essay and the other four: http://stosselintheclassroom.org/essaycontest.php?
This girl is only thirteen.
She has always been in classes. From writing to painting, she was the homeschooler that aced everything. From what I know, she has been in writing contests for a while. I don’t believe she has ever won anything like this before. It goes to support the ‘if at first you don’t succeed’ saying.
“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” ~Proverbs 22:29
This girl inspires me to excel. We should give our all to Christ, our very best. We as Christians should be the best at everything, because Christ deserves our best. We should write better, speak with clarity, and have better quality films (a pet peev of mine), not to name a few.
And it should not be about us, or what we can do. It is about Christ and what He can do through us. 1 Corinthians 1:27 “Not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”
Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”