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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)
TITLE: Peer Pressure
By janet hoyte
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Wanting to identify with that particular group or person is ever present in our lives. The old adage, 'Birds of a feather flock together' still lives on and continues to be a proven fact of life. We all have that sense of belonging; that need for acceptance. So we link with those people who seem to fill that need. Sometimes, however we do this against our better judgment.
Peer pressure should be viewed as a normal part of life as everyone faces it: adults and youth alike. The notion that negative peer pressure mainly affects the youth is untrue. Adults, whether male or female, are also affected by it. It is the individual's response to this type of peer pressure that determines failure or success. This fact is also true about positive peer pressure, as the incorrect response can engender regret.
Whether or not we want to admit it, we are all influenced by the significant others in our lives. Complete commitment to God should therefore be paramount to us, if we are to lead meaningful lives. With God as our main focus, the peers we choose would be those who influence us positively. God, Himself, encourages us in Deuteronomy 30:19 to choose life and live. Peer pressure calls for a response, how will you respond?