Hebrews 10:32-33 ” Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.”

The incident happened this Summer while extended family of mine were on vacation.  My niece’s  teenage son observed a group of teenagers encircled around a little boy…shoving him roughly from one teen to another…all the while taunting him.  He felt compelled to step in, so he quietly  walked up, put his arm around the boy and asked what they were doing to his little brother.  He stood there, firmly telling them to stop and leave… using his sheer size as intimidation…until the gang broke up and moved off.  As this young man got done recounting this story to me, I asked him why he thought kids bully others.  His insight I thought was remarkable.  He told me kids who bully are filled with anger and hurt, and they take out that pain on others.  I can dare say as adults,  we all fall into two camps…either we were once bullied as a child…or we were that bully.  But now with Social Media, the cruelty that can be inflicted by those just wanting to be mean is enormous.  As school starts for the year, have a discussion with your kids around the dinner table about bullying…all that it encompasses…and how it feels to be bullied.  That just because someone else is cruel doesn’t mean you have to join in.  And that being a good friend and loving one another will make a difference.

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