I watched as two high school boys started bugging one of the younger kids, kicking his chair and knocking over his drink. The younger boy was annoyed and hurt, but he wasn’t about to stand up to high schoolers.
[God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)
I didn’t feel that I had the right to confront the teens; I figured I’d let an adult step in. But the teasing went on for fifteen minutes, and no one stood up for the boy. Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer. I leaned forward and told the high schoolers to apologize and to leave the boy alone. They actually listened to me, and the boy appreciated my help.
Although I was uncomfortable, I don’t regret speaking up. Whether we’re a victim or a bystander, standing up to bullies is not easy; but when we’re standing up for what’s right, we can trust that God is with us.
RELY ON GOD: Stressful moments in which we might need to stand up for what’s right often catch us off guard. I wonder if God allows these times to sneak up on us for a reason. If we knew when they were coming and what to do, we would rely on our own strength and not God’s. But God’s power and wisdom are greater than ours. Maybe God wants to speak through us as we rely on God.
Heather Jost [Oak Creek, WI]