"If anyone would come after me. He must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me, for whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Mathew 16:24-25

Monday, December 20, 2010

Teenage Pressures

Every Teenager has faced pressure: pressure from parents, other adults, those younger than us and peers.

We have pressure from our parents to get good grades, behave the right way, and do what we’re supposed to. Mostly this is good pressure but sometimes well meaning parents can bog us down when stress is coming at us in many different areas of our life.

We have pressure from younger kids because we need to be a good role model for them and sometimes we feel so inadequate. We wonder how we can be a leader when we are still trying to figure out our own lives.

But the most pressure we get is from our peers, teenagers because that’s who we spend most of our time with and try to find acceptance from. We feel peer pressure to be cool, look the right way, act the right way, be popular. I know this is true for me and I’m pretty sure it’s true for every other teen. We all want to have a talent, gift, ability to do something that matters to other teens whether that is sports, music, art, or other venues we want to fit in somewhere, in some group. Those that don’t fit into a group or have any “”noteworthy” talent that teens accept often feel insecure and have a low self esteem.

The key of course is God. Reading the Bible, going to Church, praying, will give us spiritual insight into reality and what is really important in life. Many of the things teen put value on are superficial, of this world and will not matter once you get out of high school. Once you’re in college or at least after college no one will care how popular you were accept those who have not grown up yet. We just have to put our trust in God, surround ourselves with good, supportive friends, and make the right decisions and we’ll be fine. Oh blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people, take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers. Psalm 1:1

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