Creative Work


Chelsey Smith, 16

Surrounded by worldly media,
how does one escape?
TV, radio, tabloids
fraught with profanity, sex, and drugs,
deceitfully tempting our wandering hearts and eyes
to go ahead and take a look or listen—
What’s the harm?
One little cuss word or one quick scene of violence—
How much damage can it do?

Eventually piling up and up,
ungodly images and thoughts seeping into the soul,
sinful actions media have firmly placed in your mind,
destroying you from the inside out—
You’ve gained the whole world, and you’ve lost your soul.
Was it worth it?

-from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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