I’m certain we all have an image of God that becomes the touchstone” (19). Father Boyle is my touchstone. I think of him when I think of God’s work. Father Boyle is living a life Jesus wants us to. He has put himself in danger to help the homies.
Both of these stories are rags to riches, where they get wealthy through minimal dedication. This is a major theme in both works, which reinforces the notion that the dream in the 1920s was more focused around the idea of becoming exorbitantly wealthy rather than working hard to be better off financially than your parents. The vast wealth desired in this generation was something that made people work harder, because everybody thought they could become wealthy. This motivation kept the American Dream alive, along with any people achieving this dream, and helped people to believe that they were meant for success. These people knew that hard work may allow them to be the best they could be, and even amass great wealth during the process, and if they didn’t become very successful that it was very possible that their children could.
I’ve learned many things about softball, but one that has stuck out to me and that also applies to life is that it can be fun. However, sometimes things happen and people have got to just keep pushing through it. My third year of softball my team was very proficient, strong, and confident. When it came time to go to our first tournament, we were unquestionably excited. We knew we were going to do excellent because our team was undefeated, and with our confidence, we could do anything we wanted.
This of course made him want to be baptized. Soon after creating a good relationship with, and began to believe in God he believed that Pascal would grant him his freedom. "...he had no right to detain me, he always treated me with the greatest kindness" (pp.90). Equiano had faith in God to grant him this wish. After some time of trying to purchase his freedom he finally became a freeman.
Knowing this has strengthened my academics, my attitude, and my passion for others. I now have the confidence to pursue my desire of becoming an accounting manager. I also want to give back to baseball because it has given and taught me so very much, therefore I want to further my career as a volunteer baseball coach. Like I said, “Baseball has developed me mentally and
It also shows how Willy trains his children from the beginning to conform to his standards and life goals in order to achieve even further his American Dream. He wants to prove to his sons that he is a success and if they have the same views as him, this would be even more of an accomplishment. Religious crusades also have to conform or convert others in order to achieve their goals. They have to convince others that their religious opinion is correct and that all people should abide by their rules and values as well. Even though they may not always be true, it does not matter because it is what is important to them.
God has even promised us as His children that we shall obtain holiness: “Holiness is not only expected; it is the promised birthright of every Christian” (14). Bridges makes it very clear that God is the only way we can ever achieve this holiness. “Only through God’s Word are our minds remolded and our values renewed” (85). Jesus has given us the tools we need to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him and it is now up to us to close this gap by repenting our sins, renewing our values, and changing how we think and act in the world. It can be intimidating to know that the Lord expects us to live out our lives in Holiness but Bridges made it evident that He does not seek perfection, for only He is truly spotless.
“Each one according to his vow and occupation, should now promise to him as emperor the fidelity which he had previously promised to him as king.” Faithfulness could be reached by taking these oaths. They were so much more than a promise, they provided protection over the empire along with important meanings to oneself. It was said that “First, each one voluntarily shall thrive, in accordance with his knowledge and ability, to live wholly in the holy service of God in accordance with the precept of God.” By partaking in these oaths, one would choose to thrive and accomplish tasks within everyday life. God would play a role to keep them on their feet. Charlemagne argued that loyalty and commitment would be important to his empire.
Also, as Brandy Clay stated about himself, I too believe that I "...was blessed with certain gifts and talents and God gave them to me to be the best person I can be..." Generally speaking, I am prepared to work hard because letting myself down is not an option. Plus, I intend to take advantage of the opportunity to further my education. I am certain that all the hard work will pay off, and that God will get me through the hardships that may
Success Today, success in society, is seen as having the most stuff, and the most money. Everything that society defines as being successful, is materialistic. The true definition of success, is completely individualized, so in my eyes, being successful is much more than what I own. Physical possessions are only a result of what success can get you, but it is not measured by those possessions. Think to yourself for a second; what would have to happen to you for you to feel successful?