January 30, 2009

I grew up in a family where I was the youngest sibling and the youngest of all the grandchildren on my dad’s side and near the end on my mom’s side.  So you can imagine as a child I took my share of teasing.  Teasing seems cute and fun, but teasing will become bullying and that becomes dangerous.  The teasing became bullying to me and I responded with fits of rage and anger.  Then not only would I get bullied, but then I would get in trouble for my inappropriate retaliation.  Later on I learned that in order to keep from being bullied, I would bully first.  That began a trend of many years of bullying other kids my age, younger, or older.  These kids were chosen because they had certain visible or knowable weakness.  Thank God that something changed in me and in my life where I chose to respond to the bullying of my childhood by defending those bullied rather than adding to their injury.

There are students in our ministry who are being bullied every day at school.  There are students in our ministry that are bullying others.  It is time for us to heal our wounds by studying how Jesus handled bullies (chief leaders and Pharisees) and how story after story calls us to be community together and stand together and defend one another.  Encourage your children to treat everyone with the heart of Christ and model the Golden Rule!


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