Are You for Real?

Katrina Cassel

 Are you genuine, or are you a fake? Take this quiz to find out!

1. My friends’ opinions differ from mine; I . . .

            a. keep quiet.

            b. say that I agree with them.

            c. state my own opinion.

2. When I’m at a party, I . . .

            a. stay in the background.

            b. imitate other people at the party.

            c. can be myself.

3. My friends are going to see a movie I don’t want to see. I . . .

            a. tell them I have too much homework.

            b. go and hope the movie is better than I expect.

            c. go to the theater, watch a different movie, and meet them afterward.

4. Members of the yearbook committee are laying out the faculty page. They have something rude to say about most of the teachers. I . . .

            a. remember the funnier comments to tell my friends later.

            b. make up nicknames for each of the teachers.

            c. tell jokes that are funny but don’t demean anyone.

5. The popular kids at school invite me to a party at the beach; there will be drinking.  I . . .

            a. tell them I know my dad will say no.

            b. decide to go but not to drink.

            c. plan a different activity for the same night.

6. A friend has a copy of last year’s history final. He suggests that everyone study together, using the old test. It sounds like cheating to me. I . . .

            a. say that I have other plans the night they are studying.

            b. study with them; it’s the only way I’ll pass the test.

            c. tell them I’ll take my chances studying on my own.

7. People at my lunch table say that Christians are hypocrites. They ask me what I think. I . . .

            a. tell them that no one is perfect.

            b. tell them that people can believe whatever they want to believe.

            c. tell them that Christianity is about Jesus, not people. People mess up, but Jesus doesn’t.


How Did You Do?

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Mostly As? You don’t exactly lie about who you are, but you aren’t true to yourself either. Remaining quiet lets others think you agree with them even when you don’t. Speak up for yourself more often.

Mostly Bs? You let others dictate what you say and do. Be the person God made you to be. You may be surprised how interested your friends will be when you express your true feelings and beliefs.

Mostly Cs? You’re confident in who you are, what you like, and what you believe. You’re not afraid to stand up for yourself. You know that your true friends will like you even if you disagree with them.


Psalm 139:14a (NIV) says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” What can you do that will help you become the person God created you to be? Write in your journal a list of ideas, and make a commitment to follow through on one of them in the next month.

Katrina Cassel lives in Panama City, Florida.

—from Devo’Zine (November/December 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

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