Tempting tales

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Tell your kids a story about a time when you resisted peer pressure as a child and why you're glad you did.

If you don’t have a story of your own, here’s one from Laurel Kirchner, author of the Kids of Integrity lessons, from her own teen years:

When I was in grade eight, there was extreme peer pressure to smoke cigarettes. Every lunch hour my friends and I would walk uptown and stop in at the bakery. As we walked, my friends would smoke and invite me to join them. Every day they pressured me to have a cigarette with them and every day I’d say, “No thanks.” In our group of five friends, I was the only one who didn’t smoke. I took it as a challenge to do the opposite of what the crowd wanted me to do.

My parents had told me that smoking would harm my body and that I shouldn’t do it. In obeying my parents, I was trusting that what they had taught me was right, even though all my friends were choosing to do the opposite.

Today I have a healthy, strong body and I don’t have a costly and harmful habit. Many people who started smoking when they were younger will tell you they regret the day they smoked their first cigarette. Am I ever glad I didn’t!

Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Psalm 119:9-11 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments! I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.