This week has been an interesting one. My friend’s eleven year old daughter was assaulted on the school bus going home Wednesday evening. Some high school boys proposed a dare to each other. Then one hit the little girl in the head and then in the face. Mimicking the knock-out game, perhaps? Her mom took her to the hospital where it was determined there was a concussion. We all know that it’s so much more than the physical aspects she is dealing with now. She’s a little girl. She’s frightened. This makes no sense. Trying to build back up what someone took upon themselves to tear down ~
her mama said.
The support they are receiving from friends and total strangers is amazing. Three Oklahoma Highway Patrolmen came to their house the next day. The troopers were so touched by her story that they went out of their way to give her a “OHP Protective Bear.” She was also presented with a “Junior Trooper Bravery Award” for displaying courage under stressful conditions.
Building her back up…
Sadly, bullying is every day life. You watch the mom in the store with her child, belittling them. Drive down the road and you are guaranteed to meet an aggressive driver. You read a post in an on-line news feed and it is shocking at how people address each other! No filters. No regard for feelings. Certainly no respect. Where does all of this anger come from?
And then there’s the workplace. I witnessed the outcome of this as well this week….bosses that berate instead of encourage. Is it their second nature, or is it expected as part of the corporate power game?
Building him/her back up…
This is the paragraph were I am supposed to offer a solution. Well…there is one that’s been out there for a long time. We just need to write it on our arm….and practice it. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
That last part is the hardest. . . let it begin with me….