This I Believe

Logan - Olathe, Kansas
Entered on April 27, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Logan Fortney/ 4 hr


“I believe”

Mrs. Ish

“I Believe”

Have you ever had one day in your life change the way you look at

things now? Well I have and it was one of the scariest days of life.

Situations can be bad when your under pressure. Small things can become big

within an instant and life can become death within seconds. God is the one

who protects you from those things. He is the one who lives inside of you

and tells you when something isn’t right. Maybe we should listen for once,

like I did. Many bad things are cause by peer pressure, fear, and lack of


Peer pressure can be one of the most calamitous things that can be

inflicted upon someone without a strong will. It can make you cave in and

give up. When you give up on yourself, you give up on God. In my story I

was at a overnight party with the kids I worked with. Although these were

my friends, somehow they managed to pressure me into drinking alcohol and

smoking cigarettes. I didn’t know what to do because I was the only person

not drinking, neither smoking, and I was more scared than I had ever been.

Pressure was making me doubt myself and God, which was the worst thing that

could happen.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear

is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness,

that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There

is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel

insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not

just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are

liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This is my favorite quote because it shows the feeling and lets you know

what fear really is. When I was at the party, in the corner, thinking about

what I could do nothing came to my mind. I was too scared to even think

what I was going to do. Because I was alone, I managed to text my mom

telling her to come and pick me up. Fear had taken over me and stricken me

clean of sensibility. I did not want to stay there anymore.

Lack of God, doubting God, or disobeying God is very bad when you

are trying to walk in His footsteps. When you lack God, you lack

everything. God is what made you, everything, and everyone. There would be

nothing without him. When I left that party I was praying to God for His

love and for treating me as He would His Son. It was the scariest night of

my life, but God was always with me.