THERE HAVE ALWAYS been people who pick on others. Bullies use emotional or physical intimidation, act in person or on the Internet. Hate crimes are on the rise. The anti-bullying movement encourages kids and adults to be “upstanders” reaching out to anyone who seems bullied, offering support, speaking up when necessary. The children of God are upstanders, those who do what is right.
“My dear children, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah” (The Message). We are called to be upstanders even when no one else sees our good works or when it takes courage to speak truth to situations that demean others.
– Disciplines 2018
From a devotion by Anne Broyles (from the week titled “Questions of Identity: Who Am I?” April 9–15, 2018), page 131 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2018: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2017 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where can you act as an upstander? Share your thoughts.
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2, NRSV
This Week: pray for those who feel left out. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: John of Avila (May 10).
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