Peer Pressure

By Calvin Hart

Sometimes in life it's hard to tell,
What we should or should not do,
Just because my friends do something,
Does that mean I should do it to?
I want so much to be accepted,
I want so bad to just fit in,
Should I join in and follow the crowd,
Although what they do might be a sin?

If I say no, will they laugh at me?
Or no longer be my friend?
Will they think that I'm a coward,
If I don't go with the trend?

When they run the streets,
And smoke and drink,
And generally act a fool,
If they invite me to go,

And I say no,
Will they think that I'm uncool?

If someone hands a joint to me,
And says.."everyone's doing it",
Will I turn and leave like I know I should?
Or will I take a hit?

I'm under a lot of pressure,
To let loose and go with the flow,
It's often easier to go along,
Than to stand and just say no.

On the other hand ....

If I asked them to go to church with me,
Do you think that they would come?
Or would they roll their eyes at me,
And act like I was dumb?

If I should ask those friends of mine,
To kneel with me and pray,
Would they shake their heads and laugh at me,
Then go their separate ways?

Would they laugh at me, if I tried to tell them,
How Jesus died for their sins?
If they do, then I think it is time,
That I found some better friends.

But I will still try to talk to them,
About Jesus and His love,
I'll tell them of salvation,
And of Heaven up above.

And when temptation comes to me,
And I feel pressure, lust or fright,
I'll try to do what the Bible tells,
That Jesus said was right.

Special thanks to Calvin Hart for this poem.  Calvin's poems are not only insightful but heartfelt as well. Calvin's book "Poems of Praise" can be found online at Tate Publishing and I hope you enjoy it!

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