Friday, August 14th, 2009
"Trembling at men is what lays a snare, but he that is trusting in Jehovah will be protected." (Proverbs 29:25)
The Devil would like to exploit our concern for what people think of us. He throws some of God’s people off balance by using the snare of “trembling at men.” (Ezekiel 33:8; James 4:17) For example, a young person may cave in to pressure from schoolmates and smoke a cigarette. Smoking a cigarette may have been the farthest thing from his mind when he left for school that day. Soon, though, he is doing something that is both harmful to his health and displeasing to God. (2 Corinthians 7:1) How was he enticed? Perhaps he got involved with the wrong sort of peers and was afraid to incur their disapproval. Young people, do not let “the birdcatcher” lure and trap you! (Psalms 91:3) To avoid being caught alive, guard against even small compromises. Heed the Bible’s warning to shun bad association.—1 Corinthians 15:33.
(Watchtower issue: 10/01/07, 3:5, 6)
*or a kid could come across a half-full carton of cigarettes, just 'temptingly' lying on the ground, while walking home from school one day after getting off the bus, like I did. There's always plenty of EMPTY cartons of cigarettes littering the streets and sidewalks everywhere, but that was the only time I ever remember coming across a pack with cigarettes still inside. Sneaky Satan! lol.
*Actually have you seen the interactive feature that's in the new "Young People Ask" (Vol. 2) book and also HERE on the website? The book has all these 'preparation-fill-in-the-blank' work-sheets, so that kids can try to anticipate a 'peer pressure' type scenario ahead of time, and have a smart comeback ready so they don't look nerdy to their classmates. Even though kids might think its lame to rehearse their responses, that's actually what all good speakers and lecturers do (especially when it comes to 'hot-button' controversial issues) so that they can give an intelligent and well-spoken answer... since it makes you look worse when you are caught off guard, or 'put on the spot' in situations like that.