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    What to Do in the Moment of Peer Pressure!

    Peer pressure is inevitable. The question is: How do I stand up for myself when faced with temptation? How do I deal with the desire of wanting to fit in, but not fall into something I think is wrong?

    These are normal questions to ask yourself–YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

    If you are hanging out with your friends or a larger group, people may want to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable–for example, they may want to watch a movie that is inappropriate or demonic. This actually has happened to me. In these situations, the best thing to do is:

    1. Pray
    2. Stay calm (don’t overreact or be too sensitive)
    3. Share your feelings with your friends

    Now, if you tell your friends, “I don’t feel comfortable watching this movie or show,” they should respect you. If they are your true friends, they will not want to make you feel bad or uncomfortable. If they ignore your feelings, they may not be mature enough to understand, or they may not be a real friend.

    If something is really bothering you, offends you or makes you feel you are either endangering yourself or your relationship with God, then you need to be brave and tell your friends that you can’t do what they are asking.

    What if the situation is unsafe or makes you feel uncomfortable?

    1. Leave the area and call a parent to come get you
    2. Make sure you let an adult know what is going on if it is harmful to others
    3. PRAY. Ask God to help the group or the individual that puts pressure on you or your friends

    What if someone makes fun of you because you said “No” or “I don’t want to”?

    Smile, and turn the other cheek.  You can boldly walk with the Lord and know you are making the right choice. I’ve learned that the best thing to do is to show the person love. Most people who are mean or who bully others usually have an insecurity themselves, so they lash out at others. Show them love, even if it is hard, and leave the area with parental permission.

    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”–Romans 12:21.

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    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

    7 COMMENTS

    1. Thanks for writing this! Over the summer, I was at a sleepover at my best friend’s house and I watched one of those ghost hunter shows where they go into “haunted” places and see if it really is “haunted.” It kind of scared me and since she had a billion plus channels on her TV with her cable, I should’ve asked her to change the channel. She is a really amazing friend–she would’ve been cool with it and I should’ve done that.

    2. I love this,Christina!

      No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God IS faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.(1 Corinthians 10:13)

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