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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)
By Deborah Shepard
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This topic brought me back to me elementary, junior high, and high school days. I can vividly recall some situations with the heavy peer pressure, encompassing each and every day. If you want to join our crowd, these are some requirements. You must be willing to take on all challenges to belong to our elect group. No matter what they might entail, such as standing up in rebellion of parents, guidance or teachers counselors, or any Christian affiliation. We have supreme rule over our lives, in order to be heard there will things, which are required of you.
To associate with if you desire not to up hold, our social standards, you may as well back out now. This could sound like an attractable group to join, if you are not living by a spirtual design, which our Lord Jesus devised for us. Some of groups forming came from well to do families, these kids had everything, where others who were less fortunate, were going to become an object, for this groups misplaced power. I feel the the Lord, gave me the gift, of discernment, to not fall into the hands, of greatly misguided youths, who were beckoning me to join their social circle.
I found my peace within by removing myself, as quickly as possible from these types of groups. Spending my time reading, writing my love of the great outdoors, in countless of prayer on the hillside. For my friends who were choosing destructive, life patterns I witnessed losing a lot of friends, where I grew up with in Martinez, Calif.Through drowning due to drinking and drugs, joy riding lost four friends in high school. Some thought it was cool to sniff airplane model glue, and yes even gasoline. One of my brotherís closet friends did this; he became an oblivious to all life around him. He was a straight A student, great athlete loved by everyone.
But from his peer pressure, he finally gave in, to become part of the cool crowd. This was so heart wrenching for me to see daily. Finally to top it off a few good close friends, commited suicide, due to deep emotional scares, from all the peer pressure. So there was plenty of evidence, all around to show, the deadly outcome of joining in the cool crowd. And losing so much, so young a whole life swept away by this peer pressure theme. I do believe there can be a creative, and productive outcome, to the spirtual guidance and instruction, as a good Godly pressure, to live according to his spirtual plan for our lives.
So I would rather be called a bookworm, a nature lover, and a spiritual writer for the glory of the Lord. A crusader for Christ, quite women who resides in the artic wilderness. And is Christ connected, sometimes Iím called almoner. Because I donít follow the pattern of the ways in this world. Well so be it I, have a choice of what group, I want to be long to. I choose the part of the family of God, to share my life testimony with as many people as possible. I prays daily Lord, place a young person in my path, to share some good insight, on the dangers, and heavy cost of giving in to peer pressure. Also to share the benefits of living, and good orderly life.
The greatness of being made alive in Christ, in this passage of scripture, of (Ephesians 2:2 NIV), makes this evidently clear, when you fall into peer pressure, this what you are living in. When you followed the ways of this world, and the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work, in those who are disobedient. I send this prayer out there. May all parents guide and protect their youth, by pointing to the path, which lead them, to a good and spiritually enriched life. To be examples to the peers, whenever they see them being lead into a deadly trap. Of joining a group just to be cool and accepted by their friends. I believe strongly as Christians, this action of accountability to the youth of today.
I pray also for parents everywhere, letís not leave this up to the school systems, their group of friends, or other avenues of the business of life. Let us not neglect to guide and instruct our youth today. May we all be their beacons, lighting their life paths. Amen
Deborah A Shepard