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Youth conference Quick Lessons- Peer pressure.
By Trish M.
Hope you are blessed because I surely am. Recently I attended a Church Youth conference and it was amazing, to say the least. I learned an awful lot about myself but most importantly, about God. One of the first lessons I learned about from the youth conference was about peer pressure. We’ll call this article: The P Syndrome.
Well firstly we learned about the types of friends out there but obviously this is not all the types but some of the types you might want to avoid. I put the word friend in quotation marks because honestly speaking, these aren't very friendly or caring people.
"Friend 1": The High Maintenance
- This friend always withdrawals and never deposits anything into the relationship
- They only come to you when they need something
- The friendship never feels equal
- Only come to you for pleasure
- Treat you like a second option.
*Tip: A real friend does not just take, they also give*
"Friend 2": The Iron Sharpener
- These friends are very influential
- They can convince you to do things you normally wouldn't do
- Remember: If anointing is passed through hands, demons can be too.
- Remember!: A partner in crime is so not a friend
*Tip: Don't be badly influenced, instead influence others in a good way*
"Friend 3": The manipulator
- There are friends who are manipulative
- They make you feel awful about things you shouldn't feel bad about such as choosing to do homework/ assignments instead of go to the movies with them
- They often never listen to your ideas and force you into believing in their ideas
- It seems like you can't tell them that you aren't interested in what they are interested in because they make you feel bad about everything
- Tip!: Don't do anybody's dirty work
*Tip: A real friend would not make you feel guilty about your feelings *
Okay so, those are some bad types of friends that you may and I have certainly come across. All this doesn't mean that you should be afraid of your friends, instead be very wise in deciding who is your friend and pray for them all. A great verse to remember when it comes to friends is Proverbs 13:20 and it says that "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." Also remember that "Bad company ruins good morals!" so you might have really great morals and a good relationship with God but if the people you hang out with do not have the same morals as you do, they will influence you badly and damage you spiritually.
Dealing with Peer pressure:
1. Always remember that desperation is the mother of all bad decisions. Don't be desperate to fit in. I believe that it is better to be alone with a good relationship with God than surrounded by everyone except for God.
2. Always make it a point that nobody comes first in your life before God. Love thy God with all your heart, you might and your strength. Everything about you must love God.
3. Find out what is attracting people to you? If it is because you are beautiful then what do they want to do with the beauty? If it is because you are rich, then do they want to be your friend or friends with your money?
4. When you are choosing friends, always use your head and not your heart.
Remember ladies: Anyone who uses threats or force to control you is not a true friend. A true friend must respect boundaries. They must respect your form and they must respect your time with the Lord. If you make friendship with a fool, you will graduate with an honours degree in foolishness.
Last tip: learn to say "No thank you."
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