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Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)
TITLE: Does My Attitude Mirror God
By Brenda Pete
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Up to this point, being in high school was cool; it was a happy time in my life. I excelled in most subjects, made grades that I was proud of, and had lots of friends. How self-centered was my attitude. I thought I had it figured out but I didn’t. I wondered if my parents had sheltered me from things outside of my ordered little world.
Here I was happy, and all of a sudden realized this wasn’t the norm around here at school. I looked at my classmates walking up and down the hall. I noticed some of the expressions on their faces, no smiles, bowed heads, and even sadness in their eyes. I wondered what was going on. Do I dare approach someone? If I did, then what do I say? I began to feel sad and had an ache down in my heart as I felt this sense of helplessness at what I saw.
I looked at the way they were dressed and if I judged their appearance, they looked like the world; low hanging pants, skirts that bordered on indecent. I glanced down at myself and wondered, what do they see when they look at me. I realized that I wanted to imitate a God that was approachable, kind and encouraging. I wanted to be someone who loves and cares for everyone. I wondered if I was approachable, kind and encouraging; and if I took time to listen to others.
I suddenly remembered the scripture in the bible, King James Version Proverbs 3:6 that says, In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. At that moment, I realized the need to pray and ask God to help me to be what he needed me to be to my classmates that reflected him in a loving manner. I learned that my attitude needed to mirror the God that I serve.
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