Read Romans 5
As my child heads back to school, I have a great number of fears, but I have much more excitement for her. She has started Jr. High this year.
It may have been where I attended Jr. High, or when I attended, but it was a turbulent time. There were daily fights in my school, and I was bullied every day by someone. When I finally took up for myself, I was targeted as a formidable foe, someone who would test the strength of those who wished to be tested.
I had a handful of physical fights, and remember feeling defeated no matter how I fared. I was miserable, I was very nearly suicidal at times. I had a choice.
I could either let the situation kill me, or fight back. It was mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. I don’t know if I was too stubborn, or too strong willed, or it was the support of my family, but I chose to stand my ground.
Now, I still see people who bullied me in school, and most either apologize or they run out of shame (I guess).
If you or your child finds yourself bullied this year, I beg you to suffer it. Paul explains what happens to us when we suffer:
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5