Something that has been on my heart lately is the topic on cliques and peer pressure, so I am going to write about it.  If this blog post offends you, I’m glad because maybe it will show you that you may be guilty of the things I talk about below.

So, here it goes…

First, let’s talk about cliques.  I see it at school, on social media, in band, and just about every where I go.  People have their own little group that they talk to, and they dare not let any body else into it.  It’s wrong.  Especially if the group is a bunch of Believers.  Why?  Because we are supposed to be united as one.  Why can’t we all get along, and why can’t we all make up for our differences and be one big body?  If we all had the same characteristics in life, this world would be boring.  God gave each of us unique talents, and we should all unite to glorify Him with those different talents.  Let me point some different clique groups out that I see: the popular group, the trouble maker group, the “lame” group, the geek/nerd group, the weird group, etc.  The list could go on, but why do we stereotype each other?  To the popular group: I hope that you make God the popular one in your group, and that you don’t spread gossip and drama.  To the trouble makers: Get out of your immature, childish ways and start being a man/woman who takes life serious by honoring God with your every day lives.  To the “lame” people:  You aren’t lame. You are loved by the God of this universe who created you, and you are more than what this world says you are.  Don’t ever forget that.  To the geeks and nerds: You guys are amazing (coming from someone who is a nerd myself).  Strive for the best you can possibly do, and honor God in your work.  He will bless you for it.  To the weird people: Look, we all are weird because none of us are the same and have our own characteristics and traits. // Being in a clique or “squad” doesn’t make you any better than anyone else, and I hope and pray that we would all get along, talk to each other just the same, and unite for one purpose, which is to glorify God.  That’s why we are here.  So put aside the drama, the gossip, the fame, and the judging, and be mature enough to talk to the people that you don’t normally talk to.  Everyone could use encouragement.  So be that to everyone, not just your clique.  Matter of fact, get rid of your clique and make everyone your friend!  Jesus spoke to the outcasts, and so should we.  Don’t make people outcasts, but include them.  You are who you hang around, so make wise wise wise choices when you choose your friends.  Don’t be a follower of man, but a follower of Christ.

On to peer pressure…

People today are so afraid of what others think about them that they stay in their comfort zones and miss out on opportunities to be the person that they want to be.  I can attest to this myself.  If you know me, you know that I can be soft spoken and shy.  It’s my nature, but because people cater to it and say things about my voice being high pitched and that I’m so quiet, I am afraid to step out and be who I want to be.  Why?  Because I fear that people will say even more about my personality, and that I will be made fun of.  It’s the truth, and that’s how I feel sometimes.  I get nervous around people as well.  It’s just something that I struggle with, but I have to remind myself that my God’s Words are greater than man’s.  Because of that, I should live with no fear of what man says or does to me.  Fear has kept me in a jail for so long, but I pray God would help me to step out of my comfort zone and take a stand for Him, openly living my life out the way that He wants me to.  I pray that will be the same for you as well.  If you can relate to my struggles with peer pressure, I want to encourage you to pray and ask God to help you to be the person He originally created you to be.  Fear kills more dreams than failure does.  We only have one life to live, so live it how God wants you to.

Romans 8:31-39 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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