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It’s on all the talk shows. Movie and TV stars are discussing it. What is this new “in” thing? Bullying. Only it’s not something to use just to get viewers or for attention. It’s real. And in our society, it’s killing kids.
3.2 Million Students are Bullied Each Year
We hear the news stories all the time about a teen who commits suicide, and the parents blame bullying. They wonder why the schools didn’t do anything. I wonder where the parents were.
In most cases, bullies pick on those with pour self-esteem. Why? Because they’re easy prey. Most victims are not outgoing. In some cases they feel invisible not only at school, but home as well. These kids are lonely and don’t feel like anyone is listening.
Psalm 127:3 says to Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Children are important, and we need to let them know this.
A teacher spends six hours a day with thirty students. She can’t be expected to keep up with them all and know the ins and outs of each student’s life. It’s the parents’ job to know when there is something bothering their child. Parents need to notice when something is wrong. Too often we blow off issues as teen angst.
Parents can be the best protection againts bullying
by building a child’s self-esteem and being aware.
We need to talk to our children. And build their self-esteem. Start when they are young. Don’t expect your child to know you love them. Tell them. Every day. Treat them as if they’re important, which might mean turning off the phone sometimes. Send notes in their lunch with inspirational quotes. Bible verses that tell of God’s love for them. Tack a note on their mirror each morning letting them know they are loved.
When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper; They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless. – Chris Colfer, actor
Parents need to step up and show their children how important they are not only in the family setting, but to God as well. It’s hard for a bully to get through when God and parents have that child surrounded with love. And the best way to show a child you care is with action.
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Bullying has been around forever, but it seems to be getting nastier than ever before. Maybe it’s the television shows where all the girls are hostile to each other. Or it could be because it’s easier to be mean on-line. It could also have to do with the lack of parenting that has occurred in our society.
Below is an article about a group who had an election for the “ugliest” girl in their school.
I don’t know about you, but Lynelle Cantwell isn’t my definition of ugly. The people who come up with this type of hatred are the true ugly ones. Eventually their darkness will shine through for others to see. But Lynelle, who has a wonderful smile, and isn’t about to let these fools bother her, will be showing her beauty for years to come.
I can’t help but wonder who would come up with something so cruel? Do they hate themselves so much that they have to hurt others to feel better? Did it work? Maybe for a minute or two. But eventually they’ll go back to disliking themselves again.
The best way to feel good about yourself is to help others, not hurt them. Philippians 2:4 reads, Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. We have become a world of self-absorbed people who don’t know how to love others because we don’t know how to love ourselves.
And don’t think Christians are immune to this type of behavior. We can’t wait to point our fingers at others, so we can get the attention away from our own sins.
There’s a saying that “The Christian army is the only army that kills its own wounded.” Christians cannot wait for others to fall. They then attack even more once the person is down, instead of picking them up and helping them heal.
People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer. – Dan Pearce, author
I hear hatred from people who proclaim to be Christians all the time. They accuse my books of not being Christian because I write about murder and suspense. Some have accused certain Christian rock bands of being non-Christian because of the music they play. And there are those who accuse certain preachers of not being legitimate because they don’t have a pastoral degree. Last time I looked, Jesus didn’t have one either.
We don’t know what God has asked others are to do. Maybe He wants that rock musician to reach those who don’t believe. God might have a reason why you shouldn’t read edgy Christian or listen to rock music. We’re all different with different jobs for passing along God’s words.
The bottom line is we need to stop the hatred.
And if you see someone hurting or being hurt by this cyber-bullying, please stand up for them. I’ll almost guarantee you’ll have a lot more people on your side than the person passing around the hate.
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