“What’s up, I’m Lyle. So what I bully! I like it! It’s cool! It allows me to be in control, you know? The kids I pick on don’t even defend themselves. They just let me do whatever I want, no questions asked. It’s like a game for me, you know. I put a little out there in the beginning to see if they’ll bite. When they do, I go for the jugular! It’s just my way of testing the waters! What’s the big deal? Just a little harmless fun at their expense! I rule the school!!”
We just read Lyle’s story and how he feels about his behavior. Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids who think the way he does. They believe they’re in control; that it’s cool and fun to bully. Some probably truly believe that it’s just harmless fun. But, we all know that bullying is serious business! It affects the lives of so many children, families, schools and society and it’s getting worse day by day. “But, what can I do to help change the situation?” Well, I’m glad you asked. You and I and all of us can pray. We can pray for the bully. “Pray for the bully?” Yes, we can get down on our knees and pray for them. Prayer really changes things. The more we saturate the atmosphere with prayer, the more we’ll begin to see change. There is no “catch-phrase” solution to ending bullying. The thief comes only but to kill, steal and destroy. The thief is destroying our children. It’s time to take our children and families back. And through prayer, a mighty mountain can be moved.
Let’s take time out to pray for the bully. To pray that he or she sees bullying as ugly, as poison, and that God creates in them a heart to want to change.