Jan 06 2012

Hero or Bully

Your words have such power.  You can be a hero or a bully with your words.

Maybe you remember someone calling you a name at school…it hurt…and you never forget it.  You still tell that story.

Maybe you also remember when a teacher or a parent…told you how smart you are…and what you were good at….planted a seed in your life…and now it’s your career.

Saw this new book is out written by the head of Compassion International, Wes Stafford.  You might remember Compassion…they do all the child sponsorships and the Water of Life project. 

The book tells stories of doctors, soldiers, international leaders, sports heroes, politicians whose lives were impacted by words or actions that either built them up or tore them down.

Whether you are a parent or not, you can have an impact with your words to a child. 

As a reminder, Stafford wears a Mickey Mouse watch as a constant reminder to look for moments to positively impact a child's life through just a smile, wave, word of encouragement or prayer. 

Heard from this mom today, who was thankful for the words of a teacher in her son’s life.  He had learning disabilities his whole life, one day he came home from school in the 5th grade and told his mom he got to read the part of Thomas Jefferson, and his teacher told him one day he could be the President.  Now he’s a senior, graduating with an academic scholarship. 

A Teacher's Impact on a Child

Maybe you have a person that forever changed you with just a word.  Would love to hear about it…

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1/6/2012 10:02:42 AM
Anonymous United States
Anonymous
It never ceases to amaze me how God speaks to us at just the right time.  Only yesterday, my daughter was the victim of bullying from a band teacher.  We are now dealing with the aftermath of those hurtful words; loving on our daughter and giving her support.  On the other spectrum, her class teacher is the most loving and positive teacher she has ever had.  I am buying three copies of this book; one for each teacher, and one for us.  We all need to be reminded to use our words to be uplifting, particularly with children.
1/6/2012 10:31:42 AM
Sarah Rowe United States
Sarah Rowe
I am 30 years old, but the pain of being bullied is still fresh in me. I was teased throughout my entire school career--from the time I was in kindergarten to the time I was a senior in high school. Their words were cruel and oftentimes I came home from school in tears. I grew fast, hitting my peak height in 4th grade. I was bigger than the other kids and because of that, they made fun of me. My parents did their best to console me, but the hurt ran deep. By the time I was in high school, the teasing changed from words to actions. I had my rear end pinched by a boy in the lunch line and when I reported him, he claimed it was an accident and the assistant principal essentially slapped him on the wrist and let him go. Despite all this, I actually turned out pretty good. I have become a mentor of sorts for others, showing the other person God's love. Goes to show what God can do.
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