The Power of Peer Influence and a Cautionary Note to Generation Z

The Power of Peer Influence and a Cautionary Note to Generation Z

Many years ago, in my youth as a boy scoutโ€”a time before the integration of female membersโ€”we attended an event that left an indelible mark on my life. Clad in our official attire, a green shirt, brown shorts, and a green beret, I found myself in a deep conversation with a fellow scout. Our world then was simpler, limited to land scouts; there were no sea or air scouts.

Amidst our discussion, I casually mentioned, “When I get to the university, I will surely wear a green beret.” At the time, little did I understand the gravity of this statement. In the university context, green berets were synonymous with a secret cult known as Maphite. My innocent love for the beret inadvertently implied an inclination towards joining this group.

Providence, however, played its hand. Upon entering university, I lived with a senior cousin who dissuaded me from cultism, unbeknownst to him about my prior musings. My friend from the scouts, unfortunately, embarked on a different path, ultimately becoming a Maphite. While I believe his decision was influenced by various factors, I can’t help but feel that our past conversation might have sown a seed in his mind.

This experience has led me to a crucial realization: We must be acutely aware of the words we hear and the company we keep. Our environment, relationships, and senses continually shape us.

Now, the stakes are even higher for Generation Z. The societal pressure to deviate from God’s will is immense. You must be intentional in every action to truly fulfill your destiny. Amidst the cacophony of today’s world, remember that God’s way remains unchanged. His voice is still the ‘still small voice’ (1 Kings 19:12).

To the youth of Generation Z, I offer this advice: Guard your heart and mind. As Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Be discerning in your relationships and mindful of your choices. In a world full of noise and distractions, seek wisdom and guidance from God’s Word, and let it be the lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path (Psalm 119:105). Remember, the paths you choose today will shape your tomorrow. Choose wisely, live purposefully, and stay rooted in faith.

Be A Christian Gen Z


Osoria Asibor

1 Comment

  1. Peer presure can both be positive or negative in the shaping of someone’s thought process. It depends on the kind of friends you hang out with in all your stages of growth. The kind of friends you choose will always leave an impact upon your whether knowingly or unknowingly. We need Parents/ elders to help us in our decision making process as we grow. Wrong choices in life will always cost you.
    God bless you for this wonderful and educative narration.

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