and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes;
but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment”
ONE OF THE MOST congested transportation systems I have ever known is the Subway in Mexico City. In the so-called “rush hours,” when the influx of passengers is considerably higher, people enter and leave in real crowds, where it is almost impossible to take the desire direction, because the crowd takes you where you don’t want to go. In the power of the majority, individual strength is almost nullified. The group’s strength is so intense that it can take you far from your destination, and if you try to resist, you can get hurt.
This leads me to reflect on what experts call peer pressure.” In these situations, the following happens: what the majority does, seems to be the rule that everyone ends up following, even when such values impose negative behaviors, causing serious and irreversible damage to the individuals who, in order not to be branded as “different,” allow themselves to be swept along by the group. Adolescence and young people are the stages of life where one is more vulnerable to group pressure. The influence of friends in our natural search for acceptance and sense of belonging is enormous. If you are in this stage, I know how difficult it can be sometimes to resist and remain faithful to the personal values and beliefs learned in the home.
I know the pressure that tries to push you to break the rules established by your family.
That’s why it is important for you to surround yourself with friends who have the same values as you do and even in the midst of a dilemma, you can make right decisions together.
Unlike what many people think, remaining firm to what you believe does not set you aside from the others; on the contrary, your inner strength, determination, and trust in yourself make you be seen as someone special, while you exercise a powerful influence in your group of peers.
Dare to say, “no” or “yes.”
Let your decision be founded on your personal value and on God’s power. Before you do it, Daniel and his companions did it. God wants you to be part of this picture of honor and to be an instrument of salvation for other young ladies like you.