Thursday, September 15, 2011

Peer Pressure, Really?

Enter the fruit of Elizabeth's womb, John. He was set aside at birth to be the forerunner for the Savior. His job was to get the people's minds and hearts ready to hear from Jesus himself. He was not your ordinary cousin. He didn't hang out with the cool people, he certainly didn't wear the latest designer robes and certainly didn't tell people what they wanted to hear.

John the Baptist lived a holy life. Luke doesn't tell us everything we want to know about John. In Matthew we are told that he wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist and he certainly didn't eat steak and eggs. Locusts and wild honey were on the menu day in and day out. It wasn't just that he wore funky clothes and ate funky things, John had a tremendous amount of courage to live above the fray.

John walked "alone." He was obedient to the call. He was not afraid to tell the truth no matter what the cost. He is one of those heroes of the faith that really challenge me deep inside. Peer pressure is real no matter what your age. That was true in the first century and it is true today in 2011.

I want to challenge you as well as myself in looking honestly at peer pressure. Our teenagers are not the only ones affected! The past few years I have looked hard at what it looks like in my life and the view has not always been pretty.

What areas of our lives are affected by peer pressure? Think about it.

Till then, in Christ alone,


Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".


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