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Monday, January 24, 2011


Linnea Coe, aged 15, living in Spokane,US, owner of the blog LIFE IN THE WORLD is a fantastic thinker and fabulous writer. I am amazed at the depth and clarity of her thinking, wonderful writing skill using simple words to effectively convey her thoughts. Here she is writing an interesting letter to pressure which all of us face in our daily life. At first it appears that she is going all out to praise pressure but in the end she gives an interesting twist by challenging pressure using God as a shield.

I am thrilled to reproduce her marvelous letter.

Dear Pressure,

Since you seem to have a lot of time to intrude on my life, I thought I'd drop you a line on how it's going. Then you don't have to work so hard to try to be sneaky about whatever it is you plan to do next.

I'd like to say that you are everywhere. I see you in the hallways, outside in the parking lot, in the cafeteria, in my classes, on the sidewalk, and even in my own house. You are not very subtle. Sometimes you come forcefully, and other times you are quite gentle. Either way, you are very powerful. It's not hard to see. I have many friends who have gotten pregnant because of you. Others, who have gotten drunk or smoked some weed or stolen something from a local store. No matter where I go, you are there too. Pressure here. Pressure there. See Pressure talk. See Pressure lie. See Pressure run. No one escapes you, do they? But through all my observations, I noticed that you take a most common form of people. You could be a girl next door. Or a group of teenage boys that were standing outside the school. You could be a teacher or a student. You could be anything! But, luckily, you are easy to identify. You leave your signature. The cigarette butt on the corner, the empty bottle in the trash, the pill case sitting in the bottom of her bag. You are like a famous villain. And you can't be stopped. Because we humans have Free Will. And Free Will is your biggest ally. You are strong, Pressure. And we don't often win a fight against you. We will give in and try that beer. Or go a little farther in that physical relationship. Or do some of those drugs. And we will fall because of it. Congratulations.

But you must consider something into your calculations; you have an enemy. You have a weakness. Encouragement. A form of yourself, come to think of it. Encouragement is the voice of reason in unreasonable times. Or the voice of wisdom in a stupid situation. She holds us back when you want to pull us in. She has many forms too. She could be a parent. Or a best friend. Or a pastor. Or a neighbor. Then again, so could you, but in that case, it wouldn't be much or a friend or a parent or a pastor. That is your cage. You are limited to those of weak will and mind. Those are the easiest for you to conquer. The most unstable.

And something else you seem to have forgotten is that the most unconquerable people are those who are backed by Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. He is the Strong Tower. The Impenetrable Fortress. The Solid Rock. The Wall. And unfortunately for you, I'm on one side while you are on the other. You want to get to me, you have to go through HIM. And in that exciting endeavor, I wish you good luck. Cause you are going to need it.

Sincerely, Linnea

Please click here to visit LINNEA COE'S BLOG LIFE IN THE WORLD and check it out yourself.I am sure you will like her instantaneously.


  1. what a lovely letter...and something to keep in yourr back pocket for when the pressure comes to visit...

  2. This is an amazing letter ... it should be published world-wide. Thanks for sharing it with us, Joseph.

  3. That is some letter Joseph for someone of that age. It is good to write down one's stresses and pressures, Linnea has learnt a good lesson in life, she will go far.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing Joseph . Nice thoughts . Climax is too good .

  5. Hello dear Joseph! A wonderful letter you have shared with us here today, thank you! Of course, I was picturing 'pressure' as Satan in my own mind, which is likely the angle she was taking here, given that she ended with Jesus!

    I love the letter. I hope you and your family are well.

    Blessings to you!

  6. I would not expect this kind of thought process in a child of 15. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. The Chinese fishing net and the sea are great.

  7. Brilliant piece of writing, so eloquent and thought provoking...and true. So many times we have bowed under the yoke of pressure.

    I have made wrong decisions and choices because of it. But thank be to God , even though my foot slipped my heavenly Father stoped me from falling.

  8. Lovely presentation and clear thoughts. Even though the writer is young I can relate to it as much as my 15 year old daughter can.

  9. Did you say 15 years old. She is wise beyond her years, it is people like her that succeeds in life. She is right about pressure and also we have a savior on our side. Thank you for posting this. Have a nice weekend.

  10. Hi Joseph,
    Thanks for posting Linnea's piece; she has exhibited a lot of wisdom for a young woman.
    This comes, no doubt, from her pursuit of God as her parents have trained her and a willing spirit which God has certainly blessed.
    God bless,

  11. nice to read that the beauty of human intellectual can deal bitterness of ;ife in such a courageous way.

    what a challenge made by Linnea

  12. The letter is heart warming. There is still hope in humanity although we have lost hope in some human beings!