Through the Window of the Heart

Shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
Darlin’, you give love a bad name
An angel’s smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven, then put me through Hell
Chains of love got a hold on me
When passions a prison, you can’t break free
Oh, you’re a loaded gun, yeah
Oh, there’s nowhere to run
No one can save me
The damage is done
Shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
You give love a bad name (bad name)
I play my part and you play your game
You give love a bad name (bad name)
You give love, a bad name!
-Bon Jovi

Did anyone else sing that?

It’s that wonderful moment when you start singing a song and everyone joins in, multiple people all singing some random song that just popped into your head. Family and friends and those who understand us get this. Many times we unconsciously spend more time with people who share some of our interests.
We enjoy spending time with like-minded people. That is just a fact. When we are around people who ‘get us’ it’s easier to enjoy ourselves. So what happens when we are in a situation when we start singing that song and no one has any idea what is happening?
Becoming the idiot in the room is one of the most awkward experiences in life.
Luckily, I have a lot of experience with that.
How do we respond when stuck in those situations? Not just awkward situations, but also just scenarios when we are under pressure to act a certain way or say certain things.
I have found that college campuses are the worst. Especially if you are in a dance program on campus. For multiple reasons, college campuses are targeted by many different organizations on a day to day basis. In addition, a lot of avid supporters or protesters tend to stagnate and infiltrate large college campuses.
Organizations focus on colleges because they know that if they can convince students to come to their point of view now, those students will often remain supporters of that view for the rest of their lives. It makes sense that the age group between 18 and 24 should be both the people who think they know the most, but in actuality know nearly nothing. Two things happen when we go to college, we realize how much we know, and how much we don’t know.
What do we say when something is against our morals but everyone says it’s ok? What do we do when the world thinks we are being judgmental for sitting out of a dance that makes you uncomfortable or a scene of the movie you know you shouldn’t watch?
Here are some ideas on how to deal with that shot to heart, that peer pressure.
1. Don’t Bend
-Especially when it comes to something where “everyone is doing this”. People want to see you go with the crowd. Anytime you try to stand off, know that some people will respond badly.  Be prepared, but never compromise at the expense of your morals of conscience.
2. Be Respectful
-In many situations, not joining in with the group means standing against what a teacher or leader wants. Whoever is in charge will undoubtedly view the stepping out as a stand against authority.
-Note that you need to be extra careful when dealing with a leader or with a boss in a work situation, as a severe problem could result in expulsion or you getting fired.
3. Expect to Get Pushed
-Temptations come in all shapes and sizes. Again, when you do not go along with the crowd or the room, people become upset and think you are doing something because of someone else. Assure them that this is your personal decision and has nothing to do with how you feel about anyone else involved.
In the end dealing with peer pressure is rough. There are numerous situations when we face problems where we are called to be salt and light in the world.
John 17:15-17
“I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”
Matthew 5:13
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Stepping out in faith is never comfortable, just like truth can be the most painful thing in the world. Yet, we are told in God’s Word that “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) Even so, truth is often represented by the light, and “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” (Luke 8:17) 
All things
When all else fails, our God never fails! When we fail, He is holding us up! Never fear, for my God lives!
Be blessed today.

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