It ends up challenging our morals, feelings, and may even force us to make decisions we wouldn’t normally. Kids and young adults aren’t the only ones who deal with peer pressure.
For example, think about the little things that you may have to do for a job or business. My position recently changed but I had been an assistant for over 25 years and I think of all the lies I had to tell on behalf of my boss because they didn’t want to talk or see someone. That may seem minor to some but if you try to live by a certain set of standards, it may make you think twice or rub you the wrong way.
I also began to wonder if I am held accountable for every lie I told just to keep my job.
Now think about something you may have done that was worse than just “doing your job.”
You may have done it because you felt like you didn’t have a choice. Maybe the crowd was doing it so you just went along with the group while struggling on the inside.
We all face moral dilemmas at one time or another.
But I believe once you compromise the small things in your life, bigger things will approach and challenge you to take on greater compromises.
What about what occurs around us? You hear disturbing stories about a woman being raped and the rapist’s friends were present during this awful event but said nothing to their friend. I believe one may have struggled with it but felt more pressure to go with the crowd instead of stand up and speak out.
The Bible talks about the saints being the salt of the earth. We must change ourselves and encourage those around us.
I remember being with an ex-boyfriend and just doing things that were completely out of my character but I chose to do it because I didn’t want to lose him or be viewed as lame. There’s no reason to ever compromise or sacrifice yourself just to fit in or belong.
It’s time to find our moral compass again. It’s gotten buried under empty platitudes and silence. Let’s dig it up and point it in the right direction. That goes for our actions and those around us. I’m not saying be judgmental towards others, I’m just saying if it’s a friend or foe you can express your feelings in love. Then it’s up to them to do the right thing. Even if you can’t change the situation, at least you know you did all you could to effect change.
Doing the right thing is not always easy but all we can do our your best. We have to stand out and be set apart from the crowd. We must be the one to set an example. You never know whose life may depend on it.
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