You, yes you! I certainly hope you are doing well, wait, no, I hope you are doing great!
You know those times that you and your crew talked about me at the bus stop, on the school bus, in the classroom, in the hallway, in the cafeteria and even during recess!? How about the times you sought out to embarrass me and try to rip out the single bit of dignity and self-esteem that I had until I was in tears?
NOW you remember!? Good, great, I just wanted to solidify and clarify the history here.
Well, I just wanted to let you know that in spite of all the things that you did…I forgive you!
In fact, not only do I forgive you, but I thank you!
In fact, I rejoice! Besides, it wasn’t about me anyway, but what was being done and proven through me!
I know this sounds strange, but truth is, I’m stronger now because of it!
No, I haven’t been working out! I’m still kind of on the skinny side, wears glasses, read a lot and so forth!
How do I know I’m stronger!? Romans 5:3-5 says “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. “
My hope and prayer is that you and every bully out there knows that their strength comes not from brute force, harsh words or intimidation of others, but comes from knowing God and through His power and strength enduring through life’s issues, and in turn, becoming stronger.
And want to know something else!? Even after going through all of that…even after enduring the verbal and physical abuse…I don’t even look like I suffered!
So…Thanks! Because, as Joseph said in Genesis 5:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”