Spiritual Practice


Travis Isenberg & Andrew Maxwell

According to the dictionary, peer pressure is “social pressure by members of one’s peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.” The other side of peer pressure is the desire to fit in and the willingness to do whatever it takes to belong.

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 13:20 (NRSV)

Confidence breaks the chains of peer pressure. Keeping a good group of friends and having friends in different areas of my life help me escape the pressure most of the time. When I’m tempted to give in, I turn to Proverbs 13:20, which tells me the truth and cheers me up. I see no benefit in having a group of friends who tell me how to think, what to do, and how to act.

—Travis Isenberg, 18



  • Find good friends. If your friends care about you and understand what you stand for, peer pressure should not be an issue.
  • Make a list of NOs—things you will not do. Then when you’re feeling pressured, be straightforward about saying “no.”
  • Talk to a parent or another adult. If your peers keep pressing you or if saying “no” is hard, seek help from an adult.
  • Trust God to give you a way out. No matter how great the temptation, trust God to guide you.

—Andrew Maxwell, 18

—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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