Creative Work


Veronica Paver & Jacquelin Fritz

Pressure grows like bricks on my back.
My true identity feels under attack,
trying to fit into the world’s mold
without losing my strong hold
on what I believe.
Why is it so hard to be relieved
of the stress of what other people think?
When my friends grab a drink
and play with drugs,
a part of me shrugs
and asks, Why not try?
Seems everyone is doing it and getting high.
But then I realize what a fool I’d be
to let others pressure me
into being someone other than me.
Drugs and alcohol wouldn’t make God smile.
God would see I’d fallen into a deceptive lifestyle.
So instead I fall into the arms of my king
and let God be my life, my everything.
People can try to change the real me,
but I’m hidden in Christ. That’s who I’m created to be.
And nobody can change me
when I am being me.

—Veronica Paver, 16


FIGHT THE PRESSURE: If other people are trying to make you do things you don’t want to do or be someone you are not, then they aren’t true friends. Be who you are. Be proud to be a child of God.

—Jacquelin Fritz, 23

—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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