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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: The Purple People Pleaser
By Helen Murray
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It was a one-eared, one-horned, cringing purple people pleaser,
Lop-eared, honey-tongued, cringing purple people pleaser.
Bushy-tailed, turned-up-toed, cringing purple people pleaser.
Sure feels dumb to me.
Well, I found that thing pumping deep in my heart.
It had one ear, silk tongue, right from the start.
I commenced a shiverin’ and I said “Oh yuk,”
And cringed at the cringin’ creep a-biting the dust.
He nibbled at my heart-strings and he pulled them tight!
I said, “Mr. Purple People Pleaser, don’t you bite!”
He answered me in a tone too rough,
I’ll bite where I want ‘till I’ve had enough!
I said “Mr. Purple People Pleaser go away.
I’m a-callin’ in Jesus and He’s going to stay.
He thinks I’m just lovely and He’s making me strong.
I’m going to please Him. He’ll do me no wrong!
He said “You can’t get rid of me just like that!
I’ve been living here a long time. I’m a clever little rat.
This is my home and I’ve made it nice and muddy.
I’m dug right in, you stupid fuddy-duddy!”
I said “In the Name of Jesus I bind you up!
Go, get lost and vanish ‘cause I’ve had quite enough.
Go, in Jesus’ Name, for He is the First and Last.”
You should have seen him slink away, very, very fast!
I don’t have a purple people pleaser any more.
I watched his tail curl under as he slunk right out the door.
I’m busy pleasin’ Jesus ‘cause he makes my heart strong,
I’m a Jesus-pleasin’ person and I’m going to live long.
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