… but words will never hurt?

The old saying goes:

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

Whoever said that, clearly was never bullied.  I get what the person is trying to suggest – that we are bigger than the words/labels people put upon us – however, the words still hurt … they hurt bad and they leave deep scars.

Every day, thousands of people (students and adults) are bullied.  Every day, thousands of people receive new scars (or deeper ones) from senseless words spewed upon them by people who have serious issues themselves.  Every day, thousands of people inflict self-injury on themselves, or kill themselves, because of the words (and actions) of bullies.  Every day … thousands of words kill another person’s self-image.  Who said names/words will never hurt us?

Imagine if we changed that though.  Imagine if we spoke thousands of words that uplifted a person’s self-esteem?  Imagine if we befriended the person being bullied to show them who they really are?  Imagine if we befriended the bully, and help them to change their mindset about people … life … themselves?  Imagine if we reversed the suicide rate of teens, just by simple acts of compassion towards one another?  Imagine if we truly lived out the principle: Love others as you love yourself.

If Alye Pollack was your friend … your student … your child … your classmate … your neighbor … how would you respond to her?

Always build up … never tear down. Ephesians 4:29

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