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Steph lives in Watford and works for Soul Survivor Watford Church. She is currently doing a Theology degree in London. Last year, she released her first single called ‘Love’s Song’.

Being a Christian at School

Being a Christian at School

Being a Christian at school was quite tough for me as none of my friends were Christians. It took so much courage and determination to decide to go to my school’s Christian Union once a week as none of my friends went. It was worth it though. When I was in Y10 I met a girl who I instantly clicked with. We found out a little later that we were both Christians and decided to restart the CU at school as that year there wasn’t one. I found it quite scary to do and even though only four of us came, God still met with us in a beautiful way and I will always cherish those times as brief as they were!

I think being a Christian at school can be hard but sticking to what you believe and asking God to give you strength to stand as a beacon of light in your school is so important. Be true to who you are, true to what your conscience says and to your gut feelings. God is with you every step you take down the corridor, when you are sat in your lessons and through every part of your school day. Cling to him when you feel pressure to do what doesn’t feel right.

Peer pressure can be crushing and I have certainly felt it that way. When I was 14 I felt pressured to have a boyfriend as everyone one around me either had a boyfriend or had been kissed and I hadn’t. I felt so so so deeply in my heart that I wanted to wait for a Christian guy and for God’s timings. but peer pressure got to me and I went out with a guy that didnt respect my physical boundaries and it broke my heart. God mended it but I wish I had waited on God even if it felt like he was taking forever to answer. God is worth the wait.

I would say to my 14 year old self to stick to my convictions and beliefs, no matter how hard and costly it is. Psalm 71:5-6 says ‘ for you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth, from birth I have relied on you’.

God is your strength, God is your rock, call out to him, he longs so much to hear your voice, your hearts call. He will help you, usually in ways you wouldn’t expect!

Discussion

  1. Are you open with your non-Christian friends about your faith? Why/why not?

  2. What would help you to be more open?

  3. Have you ever felt peer pressure? What happened?

  4. Do you think Christians should give into peer pressure? Why/why not?

  5. How can we, as Christians, be a beacon of light in our schools?

  6. Is there a CU at your school? If so, do you go? If not, have you ever thought about setting one up?

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