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How can I say no to a friend who wants to do something wrong? H.H., age 13

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15 January 2015

outcast3Telling a friend that you don’t want to do something can be hard. Especially if they really want you to do it! It makes us uneasy because we don’t want to hurt their feelings, offend them, or make them mad. Even when you know you’re doing the right thing, it’s still hard.

But, you have to remember: you aren’t responsible for what another person does. You are only responsible for your own actions. You have to choose whether or not you are going to listen to someone you know is doing wrong.

Proverbs 14:16 says:

“The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence”.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

From Fights to Friendship

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08 January 2015

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Jessie hunched over her peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a scowl. She tore off a chunk of crust and shoved it into her mouth, although she wasn’t hungry. In fact, she’d be fine if the lunch hour bell rang. Then she wouldn’t have to watch Lizzie chum it up with her new friends. Not that she cared. Nope. Their friendship was done. Finished. For good.

“Mind if I sit here?” Gail, a girl from her soccer team, motioned to an empty space at the cafeteria table.

BFF Gone Crazy? Boy Crazy, That Is.

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10 November 2014

sandy heart"Justin is sooooo  cute."

"Is Trevor looking this way?  I think he likes me."

"If I text Micah, do you think he’ll text back?"

Does this sound like your BFF?  You know – the girl who just last semester liked to hang with you and talk about music videos and soccer? And now she spends all day talking about cute boys.

Or maybe this sounds like you!

Seems like someone’s been bitten by the boy bug. Don’t worry, it’s not fatal or contagious, but it can create a lot of unnecessary drama.

So if your BFF is the boy crazy one, what can you do to keep from losing her?