It is always an honor to interview someone like Micah James. Not only is she intelligent, funny, and passionate, but she's 100% real. In this article, Micah talks about peer pressure, one of the greatest difficulties faced by Christians. Constantly, we are tempted to stray from God to be like the world. We try to dress a certain way, watch certain things, or talk in a way that we know is wrong, because we want to make friends or not appear "weird." However, Micah testifies that this is not the answer! In this article, Micah really opens up, sharing her personal experience with peer pressure and how she overcame it.
Nia- So I was going through your blog, http://dressedwithdignity.blogspot.com/, and one of your articles I really liked was “Being a Woman of God.” You talked about peer pressures and how Christians should deal with it. So what have YOU experienced with peer pressure, being a person with really strong principles? I’m sure you’ve experienced a lot of pressure, so what was it like?
Micah- Let’s see .... ok, so, probably my last year of high school, which was probably about a couple months ago, so I’m trying to sound to sound old, but I’m really not, (Laughing) I looked around and I looked at my different friends and I was like “OK, we are so different!” So, like, we go to the same school and same church and believe the same things, but the way we live our lives are so different! For example, one of my best friends is kind of boy-crazy and she goes around with every guy and has a history with all of them, and I’m like “Oh my word, what in the world?” In high school, I was surrounded by a lot of people who did that. They were just free-for-all, didn’t really care, didn’t really have convictions, didn’t really pour into their relationship with God or anything. I felt like I was standing alone. Not literally, but it was just me and a couple others. I have one really good friend who is just like me and we have the same group of friends who are crazy and all over the place, but we try to live our lives according to what God and the Bible says. But I was looking around at all my other friends, and I was like “Wow, we live our lives so differently.”
Sometimes I have that peer pressure of conforming to the pattern of the world, like they were doing. But I questioned doing this because it was popular and everyone was doing it, like it was no big deal since everyone else was doing it. I also felt pressured to do things that God would be displeased with, like using language and talking to a lot of boys and always wanting to be around them. It was just kind of crazy, because I was surrounded by it and I felt a lot of pressure during high school. And I know it’s not going to leave because we live in this crazy world and when I go to college, it’s only going to get crazier obviously. But I just have to remember from my last years in high school that sticking with God is the only true satisfaction I will ever find. If I stick with Him, He will remain faithful. He will take care of me, provide for all of my needs, and He is the greatest thing I will ever have. That kind of diminishes the pressure.
Nia- So, that friend that you have who shares the same convictions as you, did she help you through the process? Was it very encouraging to have her there?
Micah- (Quickly) Oh yeah, definitely. It was so encouraging to see her keep going and keep the faith. Literally, me and her are the only ones out of our whole group of friends who aren’t doing crazy stuff. So we stick with each other, keep each other in check, make sure each other is doing well. It’s very encouraging to have her by my side. I love her to DEATH! It’s amazing having her as a friend because I know I’m not alone where I’m standing.
Nia- Awww, that’s so sweet! But, were you ever bullied because of your beliefs? I know with girls, there’s always a lot of back talking.
Micah- Oh yeah, that’s crazy. I was legitimately bullied in 3rd grade. It was actually because my name is from the Bible, which is really silly. But it was kind of cool, because my mom and I prayed about it and then the child moved away!
But I have been … not actually made fun of … let’s see, I don’t know how to phrase this. I do know one of my really good friends said stuff behind my back about stuff. I prayed for her, and that’s really all I could do. But I haven’t experienced a lot of bullying, like, not legit, bullying. More like “Oh, why do you act like that? Oh, why do you dress like that, blah, blah, blah.”
Nia- Yeah, I totally understand.
So your article “Being a Woman of God” talked about peer pressure, and then it also talked about your passion for mentoring other women, which is a passion I share, so I thought it was really cool. But what inspired this passion in you ….
To read Micah’s answer, stay tuned for our post on Micah James and ministry!
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