Peer pressure. What does it take for you to fall? What’s your weakness? Do you have a vice that seems impossible to overcome?
When we have a weakness, others around us, even if they may be friends, subtle words or actions may be enough for us to give in. Why is it so easy for us to give in though? Yes, we may have unyielding friends or family members, which may be very hard to say no to. But, we must stick to our guns. We must remember how our lives were when the vice was in control.
When the vice was in control, we couldn’t see past our own selfishness. Selfishness and vices coincided. It’s a two-headed beast. It’s a serpent of death to our character and well-being. If it’s alcohol, drugs, television, Facebook, pornography, Internet, or whatever the vice, selfishness is the immediate result. Or vice versa. If we go back to selfishness and only worrying about ourself and gaining pleasure or fun, the vice takes over.
Selfishness is a vice. And a vice is selfishness. Peer pressure is the fuel for this fire. One nudge is enough to send us over the edge. The secret is to keep your Faith. I know I’ve said this multiple times, but ask God for strength. Pray for guidance and strength to overcome peer pressure. Even when it comes to your eating habits, having that donut or Panera Bread pastry in the morning won’t hurt. It’s tasty. It won’t affect my behavior. I’ll just do an extra ten minutes on the treadmill after work.
If you begin to pressure your conscious with subtle excuses and reasons why it’s ok, then you gave in to your vice. If you told yourself you’re going to cut back on sweets and junk food, saying it’s ok in one instance will only ease the next instance of pressure. It’ll be easier to give in next time. Pray to Him you have the courage to say no to friends or deny the unhealthy food options. Stick to your guns, don’t give in to your vice!