Creative Work

Uncovering a Friend

Jessica Tridle, 17

I can see what you’re trying to hide—
Underneath all that pride
There lies a very sad heart,
Maybe one that has been torn apart.
You’ve built up a wall
So that no one can see what you really feel;
The self-loving image you created isn’t real.
I can see that you aren’t what you really want to be;
Maybe my being nice to you could be the key.
Befriend a snob? I thought.
Could she be the friend I have for so long sought?
I began to seek her out
to find out what she was really about.
We slowly tore down the wall,
And I realized that she wasn’t a snob at all.
She had an insecure heart that needed to mend.
And to do that God sent her a special friend.
I am so glad that I took the chance to see
How God could really use me.


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:3-5 (NIV)

BEFRIEND A SNOB: Seek out someone you’ve always thought was snobby and discover what this person is really like. How can God use you?

—from devozine (September/October 2001). Copyright © 2001 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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