A Gift that Can’t be Stolen

Emily - Heber, Utah
Entered on November 20, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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A Gift that Can’t be Stolen

This world is full of temporal, tangible treasures and terrors that man has come to need and fear. However, it is also overflowing with the gifts of the heart, mind, and spirit – all eternal gifts. I believe that knowledge is one of these eternal gifts God has given us that we should all try to attain. Education should be sought after and appreciated, because it not only increases your individual worth and your ability to do good, but it gives you confidence to go out into the world.

When you’re educated, you’re not only more prepared for life’s tribulations, but you have the power of confidence. When you come upon a trial, you have the self-confidence to meet the storm right on. You know that you’re going to have the skills and know that you’re capable to overcome the stumbling blocks of life. You’ll have the courage to say, “I can do that,” with a smile. When you have knowledge, you’ll be sure that you’re ready for life.

“Education is a gift that you can never lose, never let someone borrow, and can never be taken away,” said my mother, Silvia Leavitt. I agree with her. Once you gain an education, you can never lose it, not even after you die. Even if all you’ve ever loved is taken away: your family, home, belongings and freedoms, you will still have the knowledge you’ve gained in this life.

It bothers me when I catch other kids, or even myself, not appreciating education. Here in the U.S. we have it easy. In other countries, there are often families that have many children. They’ll all work just to send one of their children to school in hopes that some day that child can make an actual living. There are so many children in this world that don’t have an education available to them. We need to be thankful for the wonderful blessing of going to school. I wish that some of us would take this great gift of learning more seriously and make goals.

I believe that being educated gives you an opportunity to make a difference in this world along with the ability to feel better about yourself and your purpose. This gift of knowledge is something we need to gain. If all of this world had the blessing of education and would seek for it, we would all have a gift that could not be stolen.