Shakurah neared the school on the outskirts of her village. Fatigued from her long walk, she slipped into the classroom, late again. She may have avoided her teacher’s glare, but she would not be able to avoid punishment.
Sixteen-year old Shakurah grew up in a Christian home with godly parents, but life wasn’t easy. Her father struggled to find regular work, and her mother had a heart condition that required continual—and costly—medical treatments.
Shakurah hated being poor. She longed for nice clothes and a better house.
Unfulfilled desires for material goods blinded Shakurah to God’s goodness. Instead of seeing His many gifts in her life, she only saw what she didn’t have. Shakurah escaped feelings of inadequacy by pursuing pleasure with her friends. She rebelled against her parents, who modeled contentment and trust in the Lord and brought them grief.
Discontentment followed Shakurah every morning as she walked miles to school and every afternoon when she walked miles back home. Occasionally she secured a bus ticket, but it was an infrequent luxury. She tried hard to make it to school on time, but it was difficult without transportation.
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