Bullying! It doesn’t have to be this way…

Imagine a situation of a girl that has been bullied at your school or co-op. She seems to always smile and not mind, or just brush it off like no big deal. What you may not know, is that when she gets home from school, she cries herself to sleep because shes called fat or ugly.

Sadly, most of the time girls take bullying and insults extremely personally and, maybe in an extreme situations, will have suicidal or self harming thoughts. Many girls in our age range and generation devastatingly attempt things like that.

If you aren’t one of the girls that has had thoughts to harm yourself, don’t read this and say, “oh, this doesnt apply to me.” But think about it: if you stood up for ONE person, girl or boy, you could prevent them from thinking they don’t deserve to live life or prevent them from looking down on themselves. You can stand up for one person and spare them alot of pain and worry about their looks and hopefully keep them from being bothered by the bully again.

Now think about this: you see a girl being bullied and you walk past without becoming involved or helping her out. The next week you find out she committed suicide. How would you like to know that you could have probably prevented it, but you didnt? You worried about yourself and your own name more then getting yourself into the situation to help her out.

By knowing something is happening that is hurting someone and their feelings and not doing anything, you are not an innocent bystander. Even if you don’t know whether or not someone is being bullied or struggles with confidence with how they look or feel, sometimes a simple compliment or even just acknowledging the person can help that so much. You may never know that you made their day, or gave them a smile, but it may have done so much to build them up.

Say you are a girl struggling with thoughts like this, or you are bullied at your school or other organization, you need to realize that you are perfect and flawless in God’s eyes and you were made exactly how He wanted you to be. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

If your inside shines and is beautiful because your heart is following God, that is what matters. The Lord has a purpose and a plan for every single one of us and you are beautiful in your own way. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

Finally, if you do fight thoughts of self harm or you deal with being bullied, it always helps to tell your parents. They should be there to help you. You can also tell a teacher, or your pastor, or even a close adult friend involved in your life.

So, whether you’re in a situation where you’re being bullied or not, don’t forget you are made in God’s perfect image and He loves you so much. Let’s let our light shine and show others how He works through us! If you have a concern or question please comment and let me know!