By V.J Wakefeild
After school, day by day, Grace filled in the questions on the review and filled the cheat sheet. And day by day she asked questions and worked hard. “Wow, Grace!” Mr. Gern said. “I am impressed by all of your hard work!” “Well, it’s nothing really. I’m just happy that I got my questions answered.” On the other hand, however, Caleb has slacked off on his assignment, partially filled the cheat sheet and had hardly answered the questions. After class, he would always say to Grace, “I am just tasting that A! I know through my intelligence, I will get it!” One day Grace stopped and said, “Dude. Just stop being prideful and do your work.” He looked at her like she had three arms. “I am not being prideful!” “Dude, you are! You always talk about how great you are at Chemistry without doing any of the work!” He paused. “How do you know?” “Well, every time you say you do your work, I see you on social media having a good time with friends!” “I know, I am sorry about lying, but I am not prideful.” She reached up and placed a hand on his shoulder. “Dude, this will snowball into something really bad. I just know it! Plus, The Bible said not to be prideful or else bad stuff will occur. Just think about it.” She carried on down the hall without him or saying a word.
The day of the final eventually came up. Grace turned in her assignment completed to the teacher as he went down the row. She turned to Caleb, who was sitting next to her in class. When the teacher came around to Caleb, he handed in his assignment. “Caleb.” “Yes, Mr.Gern?” “Why is this assignment half completed?” “I, uh, didn’t finish in time.” “Mhm.” The teacher walked away shaking his head. Grace got worried for him but then concentrated on the test in front of her. Her cheat sheet was done. Caleb’s wasn’t. After the exam was over, the students burst out of the classroom and sprinted out of the school, being that all of the subject’s exams were over. Scores came in the very next day. “Hey, Caleb, what did you get?” Grace said through the phone. “Well…” “Me first?” “Yes please.” She took a deep breath in. “I got an A. What about you?” There was silence. Then his voice broke out. ” A D.” “Wow.” “Yeah.” She can sense the disappointment through his tone. “At least it is only worth 10%. Right?” Silence again. “I have to go to summer school and retake the whole class because my parents want me to get an A because the overall grade went down to a C.” “Wow.” “I should have listened to you.” “It’s okay dude. Just don’t be prideful.” “Okay.” Grace stopped to take it all in. “Well, goodbye then.” “Bye.”
Message: Proverbs 3:34 : He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
Please comment about this and what you would have done in either Grace or Caleb’s situation.
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