Johnny the Not-So-Gentle Giant
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Johnny the Not-So-Gentle Giant

When I was 10 years old, I was smaller than everyone else. Well, everyone except for some of the toddlers in the church Cradle Roll class. I ate my vegetables like I was supposed to (even spinach!) but for some reason, I still grew at the rate of a Japanese Bonsai tree…which is not very fast, let me tell you.

I really wanted to be like Jesus, and I had a soft heart, so when I met a giant misfit kid named Johnny that none of the other kids liked, I tried to be his friend. Unfortunately, Johnny’s friend skills were about as advanced as my height – kind of dwarfed.

On several occasions, Johnny would wait until no on was looking and do mean things to me. He would intimidate me, and threaten to hurt me, and sometimes he would actually squeeze my neck really tight or pull on my clothes or push me around and call me dirty names. 

Even though I was afraid of him, I didn’t want to tell on him, because I knew he would get into trouble, and I didn’t want to be a tattletale. I also thought being a good Christian meant I needed to “turn the other cheek” when someone was mean to me.

Let me make one thing clear: I was stupid.

When Jesus said we should turn the other cheek, he was not talking about being a punching bag for a bully. Nobody should be abused by another person, whether that abuse is physical or emotional (such as name calling or spreading rumors).  If you are the victim of a bully, tell someone. If you see someone else being bullied, get help.

Fortunately, one day, an adult saw Johnny pushing me around and stepped in to stop him. After that, he wasn’t allowed to hang around me anymore. I don’t know what else he might have done to me if the abuse had continued.

More and more people, including celebrities, are taking a stand against bullying, and you can, too. Don’t be a bully victim, and don’t stand by doing nothing if someone else is a bully victim. Be a hero instead.

Watch how this kid takes a stand against bullying – without ever saying a word: 

 

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0 #1 theonewhobringslight 2017-08-21 09:56
That's a great story... And video. It's taught me something :-)
 

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