How we react to the actions of others reflects who we are, correct? But it’s not easy to stand by and when others attack. Who wouldn’t jump in and rescue their friend when they require help? Are you the bad person for not backing down?
The other day I was reading a nicely written piece about our actions and doing what is right. One line that stayed with me was we should always take the right actions even when it’s difficult – 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 when dealing with a difficult situation.
At one of my children’s sporting events, a group of parents and grandparents of an opposing team displayed such poor behavior toward opposing teams, their fans, and others at the game, that their boldness led them to target a child. The child, who did not know these people, was being bullied while playing, and even though officials spoke with the adults that were misbehaving, 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 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 particular group of adults had bullied a child and their team penalized due to their poor behavior. Even though the bullies weren’t going to give up, neither the parents nor their daughter responded 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 did… 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.