12 October 2011

Kidz Topic: RESPECT

This is a new segment of my blog where I will be sharing a variety of thoughts, scripture verses, and “sparkle” ideas just for kids.  Feel free to pass them on to your children, grandchildren, or any other young people that God has put in your life. 

KIDZ PEACE...  Have you ever heard the saying, “What goes around, comes around?” It’s similar to the Golden Rule, which says “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” If we disrespect, bully or make-fun of others, we can expect that it may just happen to us someday. Many times, even if we don’t get caught doing something wrong to others, we still end up getting what we deserve. We should also remember that God sees our every action and hears every word we speak.

In a past article, I talked about how encouraging words can make a person feel good about their self but did you know that disrespect does just the opposite?

1. Why we need to show RESPECT to others?
• Makes the world a nicer place
• Lets others know that we value their privacy, belongings, opinions
• Shows others that we are sensitive to their feelings
• Tells someone that we are not prejudice... that we appreciate our religious, racial, and cultural differences

2. A friend of mine posted this on FaceBook:
• The Girl you just called fat ... She is overdosing on diet pills.
• The Boy you just tripped ... He is abused enough at home.
• See that man with the ugly scars ... He fought for our country.
• The Girl you just called ugly ... She spends hours putting makeup on hoping people will like her.
• That guy you just made fun of for crying ... His mother is dying.

It sure makes you think about how your words or actions can make a problem worse. You never know what someone else might be going through.

3. What does God’s Word tell us? When we go to God in prayer and read our Bible we can find words that instruct us on how to respect others. Check out these verses: 1 Peter 2:17, Colossians 3:12, Psalm 34:13, Proverbs 19:5, Romans 13:7

4. Things you can do if someone is disrespecting, bullying, or making fun of you:

The first thing to understand is that people who are acting this way are the problem, not you.

Show others that you are confident. If you speak up, have good eye contact, and don’t act shy around that person, you will let them know that you are not going to be a target.

Do not listen to someone that is acting inappropriately. They may just be looking for attention, or an audience.

Surround yourself with friends that have the same values (morals) as you do, then you will have a good group of friends that you can always count on.

5. What should you do if you see someone disrespecting, bullying or making fun of someone else?

Trying to understand “why” someone is acting this way can help. They may just be looking for attention, or think these actions will make them popular. Some kids may have been treated this way themselves. Maybe they come from families where everyone is angry and shouting at each other all the time. Other kids just do these things to have power over others.

You and your friends should try to help the person in trouble. If you stand by and watch, but do nothing, you are saying the actions are okay. If it is too dangerous, go get an adult to help out.

Treat others as you want to be treated. Be a friend. Offer the person words of encouragement and go with them to tell an adult that can be trusted. Everyone has a right to be safe, and even if you think the problem has been solved, an adult should be told just in case it happens again.

Kidz Thought for the Week: “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” from Jackie Robinson

Keeping you in my prayers. 'til next week ... show respect to everyone, even if you don’t really want to. Remember what goes around, comes around!

God's Peace, Donna

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