Monday, November 29, 2010
Inspirational Mondays - "Compassion"
Amidst all the recent issues on bullying I was compelled to write this week's "Inspirational Mondays" post on compassion and being kind to one another.
We all know that being teased or picked on is a part of growing up. It's kind of a rite of passage and let's face it, it's one that we all wished we didn't have to go through. It's not fun, it's cruel and even though the majority of the time it may only involve words, words can carry weight to kids who are trying to find themselves and who are trying to fit in or learn how to deal with hormones or other puberty issues.
I'm not sure why it's gotten so much more aggressive these days, nonetheless it must be stopped. In my opinion it has to start at home. We must take the time and effort to teach our children about having compassion for others. We can't afford to assume that "they get it." Let's not wait until a problem arises, take a moment to have a simple discussion with them about this issue. Too many children are taking their own lives and are being tormented for being what others may consider "different."
Remind your children that there is only ONE judge and that's God so NO one has the right to place judgment on others, especially not another child. Tell them that God loves us ALL no matter our skin color, sex, class, etc. We are ALL God's children and should be treated with love, compassion and respect.
You may not feel like this is "your" problem but you never know when "your" child will be affected by this. So instead of waiting until it becomes a problem, have a little chat with em. Even if they never have to deal with being bullied, they may be able to reach out to a child who is being bullied or even help stop a bully. You just never know...
God wants us to know:
"All of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous." - 1 Peter 3:8 NKJV
Have a wonderful day everyone! I wish you all a blessed and prosperous week. :-)