Sunday, March 2, 2014
Bullying - Stop It
This seems to be happening more and more and we must help inform those doing it to stop. Although bullying has always been around in some form or another the media has brought it to our attention more as of late it seems.
I recall a personal experience as a young boy in 5th grade when a group of sixth graders would tease and make fun of myself and a couple of my friends I hung out with at recess. Because we were short and on the heavy side, they would taunt us and call us "the chub club." I remember how bad it made me feel. I would cry in private often wondering why? Why were they so mean? Why the names and the teasing? Why was I chubby? I soon grew out of that stage of life but had resentment towards them throughout the high school years.
Despite the anger and resentment I felt towards my older peers during that time in my life, I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who has guided me throughout my life and brought me to where I am now. With the strength of good family and friends and the gospel of Jesus Christ as an anchor, I learned to pray for those who were mean and belittling to me.
Now as a father of two young children, I hope to continue teaching them Christlike principles to love others and to be kind to everyone. To not judge and criticize others for their imperfections but to be accepting and kind regardless of their situation in life. We all have different challenges in life and we all need friends who uplift us and do not tear us down. It is my hope and prayer that this video will touch your heart and you will share it with others. Have a great week and keep Christ in your heart...
~ C. J. Poulsen