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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)

TITLE: Now, The Battle Continues
By Martha Currington
07/12/04

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I thought peer pressure had died
When I graduated from school.
Quite the contrary...
Peer pressure lives on
With just a different set of rules.


Now, there’s a wedding ring on my finger
And love within my heart.
Influencing my actions, for the most part.
But sometimes, there’s a looming question
“Who won that last bout?”

Now, he works steady, so do I.
But the bills still stack high.
We never seem to make a dent
Always a balance on the ones we sent.
Money is needed at every turn.
Looks like we’ll never learn
How... to balance and check.

Our rent is due, the car’s worn.
Pantry’s nearly bare, the furniture is torn.
Clothes outdated, hairstyles too
Oh whatever is this couple to do?

Now, we have two kids
Who often bicker, and make a mess
We struggle to handle this test.
Anxiously awaiting each paycheck
So we can have another try
To get by...better.


Now, as I’m climbing
Into our old green truck.
The next door couple drives up
In a new red car.
I smile, and comment on their good luck
All the while wishing in my heart
That we could keep up...

Now, the Jones’ are building a house from scratch
And are expecting us to do the same
But we can’t obtain a loan
So we’ll just remain in our mobile home!

Many of the couples our own age
Are getting “ahead” fast.
And tend to look our way, as if to say
“Why can’t you do better?”
“You just don’t fit in”.

Can you understand it?
Can you feel it in the air?
If you’ll but look around
You’ll see “us” everywhere.
Doing the best we can, and
Fighting...peer pressure.




Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content such things as ye have: for he hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE , NOR FORSAKE THEE.(KJV)


Copyright 2004 Martha J. Currington


Member Comments
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L.M. Lee07/13/04
yes, I think that is one of the life lessons we all have to figure out...who are we going to live for?
Lynne Gaunt07/13/04
Very nice Martha. The disparity between the haves and have-nots does a lot more damage than it should. You chose an excellent Bible verse to end with - well done!
Bertie Patano07/14/04
You wrote another goody,Martha. I wonder how many of can relate? And my answer is: those of us who do our best, those of us who hope to do better,but not to impress our neighbors, only our Lord.With love.
Bertie Patano07/14/04
Shucks! I meant to say,"I wonder how many of us can relate..."
Anthony David07/19/04
Dear Martha, your verse is very clear and rings true for many of us stuck up in myriad ratraces!