Last night, I read about a young girl committing suicide as a result of being bullied.(http://www.fox5ny.com/news/214904117-story) It broke my heart. To think that someone else’s opinion of her worth mattered enough to make her take her own life. I just wanted to hug her and tell her God created her, and HE thought she was beautiful. HE thought she was to die for. But…for one: I didn’t know her, and two: it was too late. This young girl was just eleven years old. A year younger than my daughter. I can not imagine what her parents must feel right now.
Bullying is absolutely unacceptable. The sad thing is, it isn’t just kids doing this. It is grown adults, too. I hear stories, on occasion, from my kids that seriously make me cringe. Part of what makes me cringe, is the fact that I can’t do much about it. I can pray. I can show love to that individual when I see them. But, I can’t go stomping in the school, demanding something be done when everything is so hush hush now days. We are afraid we will step on toes, or cause a big stink. We are afraid that we will be talked about for “trying to parent someone else’s child” when we have our own child/children to parent…or, afraid our child will suffer the consequences for something we said. Can you imagine the guilt we would feel if someone committed suicide here at home over being bullied, we knew about the bullying, but just sat quietly? After reading this story, I refuse to sit quietly. It’s sad that it took the life of an eleven year old girl for me to say that, but it did. I am not saying my children don’t do this. I have always taught my children to treat others how they want to be treated. I once caught my son laughing about someone being called “four eyes”. This infuriated me. After scalding him, I said, “Do you remember when you came home in tears one day because someone made fun of your hearing aid?” That is the same thing. I am not with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can assure you, though, if I ever find out about them doing it, they will get the “old fashioned discipline”…a belt to the hind end.
It is our job, as parents, to teach our children to be kind and to love one another. The best way to teach them, is to show them. John 13, verses 34 and 35 say, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
You are loved. You are worthy. We all are worthy. Do away with any thoughts that you aren’t. You are God’s creation. He makes all things beautiful and unique. He adores each of us. He makes no mistakes.
I love the saying: “Smile, God loves you and so do I!” Enjoy your day and show some love! Even to those who seem unlovable…