The Actions of Others

How we react to the actions of others reflects on who we are, correct? But… it’s not easy to stand by and take it when we’re being attacked, or who wouldn’t jump in and rescue their friend when they’re in need of help? Does it make you a bad person for not backing down?

The other day I was reading a nicely written piece about our actions, your actions, doing what is right, and so on. One line that really stayed with me was “we should always take the right actions even when it’s difficult”, you know, if you talk the talk then walk the walk. We all come across those that test us, and pray that our actions reflect who we are.

Just recently at one of my children’s sporting events, a group of parents and grandparents of a team that was participating at the same event displayed such poor behavior toward the opposing teams, their fans and others at the event that their actions adversely affected a child. The child, who did not know these people, was being bullied and even though officials spoke with the adults that were behaving badly, in their eyes they were doing nothing wrong.

Interestingly enough, the parents of the child that had become the focus of the poor behavior did something that made me take notice… they rose above all of the harsh words and walked away. I could only smile as this couple surrounded their child and calmly made their way to their vehicle even with the bullies on their heels.

I had the opportunity to commend the parents and their daughter at a sporting event the other day on their actions as I was very impressed. As we talked about the incident, I learned that several officials attempted to diffuse the situation and that this isn’t the first time that group of adults had bullied a child and their team has been penalized due to their fans poor behavior.

Even though the bullies weren’t going to give up, neither the parents nor their daughter were going to respond to the taunting. I was curious as to how they were able to keep their composer and not lash out. The mom’s response was simple, “what good would it have done to act as they were… what would that have taught our daughter.” If only more people would walk the walk.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

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