My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (Proverbs 1:10)
In this post, Tanner discusses how he navigates the challenge of peer pressure at the Florida Free Bible Mission, & Work Training Center (BMW).
Tanner doesn’t view “peer pressure” as an special influence on his life at BMW. From his perspective, “peer pressure is not a very significant part of my experience, but pressers from the teachers and staff are a big part everyday life.”
For the most part, the pressure is positive. However, decisions (at BMW as in life) are always influenced by the potential for repercussions. “Sometimes, he says, “it is hard to stick up for oneself.”
For example, some students exert peer pressure during work by taking more and longer breaks than Tanner is comfortable with. In response. Tanner applies his own pressure by naturally following his decision to do what he sees as right—continuing to work during these times. It’s an important lesson Tanner is learning by experience, which will serve him well in life after BMW.
How does he find strength to buck the group? His faith supports is actions. “I try to look at myself in the way the Lord would look at me in the light of eternity.” He concludes, “There are a lot of things that happen in life that have no impact (or impact for good) on eternity, so I try to live life in a way that will have an impact on eternity.”
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
A sense of perspective grounded in Christian values is essential. Decisions made now (even how long to take a break at work) will guide in making the hard decisions later in life.